Sunday, January 18, 2009

Brown with Yellow Ribbons

I don't think these are supposed to be the yellow ribbons tied "round the old oak tree," as it says in the song. These look more like ticker-tape ribbons, or maybe old film unwinding. Who knows? They don't look exactly like any of the above, but are suggestive or reminiscent of all of them.

This is an attractive forties tie, good quality fabric that has a nice brocade pattern woven into it. It will probably be difficult to make out the brocade pattern in the scan, as it often is, but the pattern consists of many parallel lines running diagonally across the tie at ninety degree angles to one another, creating, as they cross one another, an intricate almost braided appearance.

The tie has one label, sewn into the small end, which reads simply

Made in U.S.A.

The "Made in U.S.A." part has an arrow entering at the left end of the words, with the point exiting at the right. Arrow, is, of course, one of the classic American brands in men's wear, and with a history that goes back over 150 years, apparently. Not that I know all that much about it. The Arrow brand currently appears to be owned by the Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation.

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