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“The ‘Turn of the Century’ called… and it wants its waistcoat, specs, and mustache back.  Between gin-fizz-slinging barmen in suspenders and Brooklyn dudes in bowler hats, you couldn’t swing a walking stick in ’09 without hitting a Teddy Roosevelt look-alike.”

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–GQ

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April 1865, Washington DC — Lewis Powell, aka Lewis Payne, was a member of the conspiracy led by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate senior members of the American government. Powell was charged with the assassination of Secretary of State William Seward, but failed. Here he is held at the Washington Navy Yard, prior to his execution.  This picture was taken by Alexander Gardner. — Image by © Library of Congress – digital ve/Science Faction/Corbis

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April 1865, Washington DC — Michael O’Laughlin was a member of John Wilkes Booth’s first conspiracy against President Lincoln, a plot to kidnap him and ransom him for Confederate prisoners. O’Laughlin dropped out after prisoner exchanges began, and did not take part in Booth’s assassination plan; he was arrested after the assassination (here being held on the USS Saugus at the Washington Navy Yard), and after conviction died in prison. This picture was taken by Alexander Gardner. — Image by © Library of Congress – digital ve/Science Faction/Corbis

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April 1865, Washington DC — Lewis Powell, aka Lewis Payne, was a member of the conspiracy led by John Wilkes Booth to assassinate senior members of the American government. Powell was charged with the assassination of Secretary of State William Seward, but failed. Here he is held aboard the USS Saugus at the Washington Navy Yard, prior to his execution.  This picture was taken by Alexander Gardner. — Image by © Library of Congress – digital ve/Science Faction/Corbis

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“Did you ever get the feeling that the world was a tuxedo and you were a pair of brown shoes?” –George Gobel

 

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GQ-- November, 1968.

GQ-- November, 1968.

 

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Esquire, 1933. Laurence Fellows

 

Laurence Fellows (1885-1964)

An iconic illustrator and advertising artist, born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, Fellows attended the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and continued his studies in England and France.  His work appeared in Judge, Life, Vanity Fair, Apparel Arts, and Esquire.  At the start of the century he lived and worked in Philadelphia.  One of the true masters of of menswear illustrators, along with Leslie Saalburg.  Do yourself a favor and pick-up a copy of Men in Style: Golden Age of Fashion from “Esquire”.

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“If you’re going to wear madras, you don’t want to wear something that looks like your grandfather’s,” said Thom Browne. ”Actually, your grandfather’s madras would be cool,” he amended. ”It’s your father’s that you don’t want.”

”Preppy looks so cool when it looks effortless,” Mr. Browne said, ”but when it looks contrived, there’s nothing worse.”

 

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After Six formal jacket and taffeta bow tie & Palm Beach madras patchwork (in)formal suit –from GQ magazine, 1973 (Image via Black Tie Guide)

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Actor and film critic Rex Reed relaxes in a wicker chair on Great Harbour Cay, in the Bahamas.  Photo by the legendary photographer Slim Aarons, 1973.

 

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