Saturday, January 24, 2009

This was started on the old site seems like a good one

Cool Clothes From The Avenues

Biking 2006


 googled the old style school pants my mom forced me to wear one winter day to the 1950s Bannantyne school but no luck. I was about 7 or 8, and I refused to be dressed as such again. Not sure what the correct term is but they billowed somewhat at the waist, gradually tightening to my ankles, and if I remember correctly, they had leather knee patches. Yuk! How about the jeans with the bottoms folded up? That was considered way cool provided the fold wasn't too large. Along with the jeans (maybe they were called Levis then), there were the billy boots with their upper edge folded down. Also uncool with a big fold. Some of us wore tuques and this item had to be rolled up so only the back of the head was covered. Had to flaunt the greased down hair. Good old days huh. I think so.
Bill (Second Avenue)



Bill. So help me God, I had the same kind of pants, with argyle socks, and black boots. To this day, I am still traumatized. What a thing to do to a yound kid. I don't think I have ever forgave my mother for that!!!!
The Brits called those pants BREEKS, as we did in Newfoundland, where I was born. They were mainly used by the hunting set (e.g. foxhunting) in the UK.
In Verdun, we called jeans DUNGAREES.

And when the tops of those BILLY BOOTS wore before the bottom parts, we cut them off around the ankle and wore them until the soles gave out. There was also a name for those which I don't recall. GUM BOOTS???

 think I remember mu oldman saying that they wore them when he was a kid,(in the 20's) and that they were handy for for 'relocating surplus apples from peoples apple trees'
aka: stealing apples:
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       Nothing could be more strange looking than the 'Bell Bottoms or Elephant Pants in the late 60's .......YIKES !!!!


Yes dungarees. Also my cousin says those pants were called breeches, on 2nd Avenue anyway. I had straight fine hair so I would comb it with water so that after a few minutes on the way to V.H.S. it would freeze, usually around the lane on 3rd. In class it would all fall apart of course, but I was semi cool for a bit.



Bell Bottoms and Elephant pants...or stovepipes..the stovepipes there was a guy on St.Catherine near Atwater who sold them in different styles.denim,cords,flannel type material..think the name of the place was Grerory's..I had a pair man you could not see your feet..great when you wore the water buffalo sandals.  you know the ones with the strap down the middle...five bucks at A.Gold and Sons when they first came out...loved those things..looking back now...hmmmmm
Hey remember Flight Boots...unzip the fronts so the flap hung down...made you look cool and tough at the same time......good times...
Gum Boots.
I wore gum boots in the spring when there was plenty of water around, they were made of rubber, tied up with laces , and  were higher than the ankle . found them very confortable.
Suits came with 2 sets of pants, one long and one short , for summer . For winter one long and one britches.  Long ones were for Sunday go to church ,  and britches for school.
Look at pictures of African hunting safaris, Motorcycle , Harley Davidson had them, police,, horse people,  Etc.



Guy Billard said...

I think you have to look at it from the practical side. With the socks over your pants, you keep your body heat in the winter. Compared to some of today's styles, such as baggy pants with the crutch down to your knees like I see some guys wearing at the mall and with their caps worn sideways and their oversize coats, give me the old style anytime.

robert jomphe said...

Yes but do you remember how itchy those damn things were? I was lucky they went out of fashion in the early 50's. As for the bell bottom fashion. I was so short when you cut off the extra there were no bells anymore.

Sue Geary said...

Everybody makes fun of our childhood! Comedians joke. Grandkids snicker. Twenty-something's shudder and say "Eeeew!" But was our childhood really all that bad? Judge for yourself:
- In 1953 The US population was less than 150 million... Yet you knew more people then, and knew them better... And that was good.
- The average annual salary was under $3,000... Yet our parents could put some of it away for a rainy day and still live a decent life... And that was good.
- A loaf of bread cost about 15 cents... But it was safe for a five-year-old to skate to the store and buy one... And that was good..
- Prime-Time meant I Love Lucy, Ozzie and Harriet, Gunsmoke and Lassie...So nobody ever heard of ratings or filters... And that was good.
- We didn't have air-conditioning... So the windows stayed up and half a dozen mothers ran outside when you fell off your bike... And that was good.
- Your teacher was either Miss Matthews or Mrs. Logan or Mr.Adkins... But not Ms Becky or Mr.Dan... And that was good.
- The only hazardous material you knew about... Was a patch of grassburrs around the light pole at the corner... And that was good.
- You loved to climb into a fresh bed... Because sheets were dried on the clothesline... And that was good.
- People generally lived in the same hometown with their relatives... So"child care" meant grandparents or aunts and uncles... And that was good.
- Parents were respected and their rules were law.... Children did not talk back..... and that was good.
- TV was in black-and-white... But all outdoors was in glorious color....And that was certainly good.
- Your Dad knew how to adjust everybody's carburetor... And the Dad nextdoor knew how to adjust all the TV knobs... And that was very good.
- Your grandma grew snap beans in the back yard...And chickens behind the garage... And that was definitely good.
- And just when you were about to do something really bad... Chances were you'd run into your Dad's high school coach... Or the nosy old lady from up the street... Or your little sister's piano teacher... Or somebody from Church... ALL of whom knew your parents' phone number... And YOUR first name... And even THAT was good!
Who can still remember Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, Laurel & Hardy, Abbott & Costello, Sky King, Little Lulu comics, Brenda Starr, Howdy Doody and The Peanut Gallery, The Lone Ranger, The Shadow Knows, Nellie Belle, Roy and Dale, Trigger and Buttermilk as well as the sound of a reel mower on Saturday morning, and summers filled with bike rides, playing in cowboy land, playing hide and seek and kick-the-can and Simon Says, baseball games, amateur shows at the local theater before the Saturday matinee, bowling and visits to the pool...and eating Kool-Aid powder with sugar, and wax lips and bubblegum cigars.

Harvey Elson said...

Seems like we remember much of the same things. I lived just up the street from the old Savoy theatre and remember going to Steinbergs for a $0.25 cent brick of ice cream, or across the street to Faulkners Fish and Chips for a bag of greasy chips. Does anyone remember the butcher on Wellington street who was murdered in front of his store; or the time VHS was set on fire and the wing was badly damaged. This was done by rather stupid fellow students who wore the school jackets they stole and soon everyone knew who did it. Ah the memories - Stillwells, the Prince of wales restaurant at fifth and wellington, and Of course the Sylvester biscuit shop

Harvey Elson said...

The sylvester Biscuit shop is still there - just moved to the east side of Church and the south side of Wellington.

George Edwards said...

Are you talking about Mr. Tousignan (spl?) that had his butcher store on Wellington Street?

Guy Billard said...

I believe you are right, it is the Tousignant Frères on Wellington. Check out photo Album No. 24 on my site showing Wellington Street in front of Tousignant Frères.

George Edwards said...

Hi Guy:
If I remember correctly Mr. Tousignant had been in the process of moving cash either from or to the bank across the street and was shot to death while doing so.


Les F said...

Your right George he was shot making a night deposit in the drop box directly across the street from his store ,the Bank of Montreal ( I think) ....

George Edwards said...

Ahh. Good to see the old memory is not completely shot. lol

Steve Gladwish said...


Remember how cheap it was to go the Savoy compared to to-day? 2scoops of ice cream a dime.
The fish and chip store wrapped the food in newspapers..
The fish store at the laneway?
Oldsarge did you live on 6th at one point in time..if you did I never knew you moved away and just down from me..


robert jomphe said...

The Bingo retaurant at the corner of Egan and Verdun when I was young was Archambault women's clothes, further along was the liquor store . We had many adults buy us our first hooch.It was later changed to an Etco photolab the hardware store then Denny's our home base. Across Egan was the Wilson funeral home. I also remember on Egan above Bannantyne was the Langevin bakery,, went there often to get fresh buns. I went to school with one of the sons and we used to get on the horses and play cowboys. You shoud of seen all the rats when they demolished. Apartments stand there now.On the other end was Egan park. On woodland was the Studebaker dealer, they had the silver, the goldhawk and that famous Avanti that they put a glass wine on while it idled.

Sue Geary said...

Wasn't the guy that shot him dressed up in a Santa Clause outfit.