Sunday, August 27, 2006

Orange and Green with Triangles

The only possible connection between this tie and last week's is the color orange, and that's a tenuous connection, at best. I had to scan this tie twice in order to show you the entire design. My scanner bed simply isn't large enough, and I don't yet own a digital camera, although that situation may hopefully change soon.

In the first image, you have to look closely to see that the black lines which form the triangular design, somewhat reminiscent of suspension bridge cables, continue with another set down in the bottom forest green section, parallel to the large blank orange triangle.

And the primary reason for the second scan was to show the most interesting aspect of the design, which is how the lines all converge, and then diverge once again in the opposite direction, further up the tie.

This tie has both the sellers and manufacturer's labels intact. The first reads:

535 Broadway at Alder
Portland, Oregon

while the second is the familiar:

Fashion Craft

with the letters SN enclosed in a diamond shape.

On the reverse we find the usual:


Sunday, August 20, 2006

Linked Circles with Floral Insets

One of the things I like to do with this blog is to make connections between ties, and to present ties in a related series. So after last week's exemplar, I thought of this example. What's the connection? The inset circular frames with their images of plants.

Last week's tie had birds inside diamond shaped frames, but also featured leaves inside smaller circle shaped frames. The frames on this tie are more oval shaped, but once again we have plant-like images, albeit somewhat stylized.

The basic pattern of the tie itself consists of rigidly overlapping interlocking white ovoids, on a brilliant blue background. Within the blue, imbedded into the fabric itself, is a swirling circular pattern of darker on lighter color, visible if you look closely.

This tie is narrower than many of the others I've posted, measuring only 3 1/4 inches at its widest point. This may mean that it is early fifties vintage rather than late forties, but that's only a hypothesis on my part. The tie has no labels to assist in its identification.

Another commonality with last week's tie is that some of the floral insets, as I'm calling them, have an orange background, as did those in last week's tie, again making this tie wearable with an orange shirt for a summery effect.

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Tropical Egrets

Just when I thought I'd run out of tropical images, I remembered this tie! I don't know why, exactly, but the birds look tropical to me. Even though we have egrets in the Pacific NorthWest, those little framed picture vignettes project a tropical flavor to me. That giant moon (could be the sinking sun, I suppose), the foliage, and the bird: it all says tropics, somehow.

This poor old tie is definitely showing its age. Primarily through a loss of "resilience." The fabric is limp, and the tie no longer holds its shape very well. I note that "Resilient construction" is a favorite bragging term on many tie labels. Well, this tie has no labels, and if it did, resilient construction would certainly not apply, at least in its current state.

It's still a great summer tie, and the pale orange color of the background of the little picture vignettes, both the circular and diamond shaped ones, makes it a great choice with a pale orange shirt. I still manage to wear it once or twice each summer season.

I think I overdid it just a bit with my image enhancing software though. The color on screen is a bit stronger than what I'm seeing when I hold the tie in my hand. The body of the tie should be just a bit lighter, more towards tan, and less towards gold. My bad.

An interesting touch that you might not notice right off is the difference between the two bird pictures. The one lower down shows leaves, while the one further up shows bare wintery branches. Reminds one of that famous line by Shakespeare, perhaps:
Bare ruin'd choirs, where late the sweet birds sang.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Coral and Starfish

In one more nod to tropical themes, allow me to present this matched pair of light-weight Hawaiian style ties. Instead of a Hawaiian shirt, wear a Hawaiian tie!

I call them light-weight, because they are made of a very thin, silky slippery fabric, much like your typical Hawaiian shirt. Their bold white patterns on solid blue and red make a great splash of an effect when worn with a typical tropical suit, such as those made famous by Mark Twain or the Colonel.

It's lots of fun having the matched pair, although I'm not 100% positive where or when I got them. I'm thinking that I might have purchased them on eBay, or perhaps they were part of that set I bought from the vintage clothing store in Seattle (see my entry on the Burro, Sombrero and Hay Wagon), but I'm thinking not.

Each tie has a seller's label, stitched to the small end, about 5 inches up from the end, which reads:
and a manufacturer label stitched into the small end that reads
Made in California
You may recall that Elongated Ovals had the same manufacturer's label.