My Friend Ted

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My friend Ted, also known as one of the larrikin lads in an earlier post, Two Drunks In A Photobooth, is now looking more composed and formal for the camera. I haven’t asked Ted about this, but was it really fashionable in the early 1970s, to wear a window-pane, checked suit with a floral shirt? My guess is that Ted was a fashion leader in this combo, and just so far ahead of the game no one else has ever caught on to this eclectic mix!

Love the face fuzz, Ted.

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  1. elmediat said:

    It depended on the colour scheme and the motion sickness pills handed out.

    I inherited a wonderful green wide-check suit ( included vest) that I would wear around St. Pat’s Day . As a teacher, I knew the staff and students would react. 😀

    I sometimes also would wear it while supervising exams. It encourages concentration/sped up the writing. 😀

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  2. John said:

    In the States during the early seventies this could be a fashionable look. Yuck. I remember men wearing plaid shirts and pants. I was twelve or so maybe. Yuck.

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  3. The check floral combo doesn’t look to bad in black and white but, in color it must’ve been deafening😊

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    • Deafening… I absolutely love that!!! Cate, I’ll bet that is a blue sportcoat, with red and grey lines. It looks like the shirt is a very light pinkish hue with a lavender print. I’ll bet the tie is a burgundy and this dapper fellow is probably wearing navy trousers with blue suede and patent leather shoes with red piping. His belt may have been white. I’m sure he is proud of his ‘porn star’ mustache. Incidentally, he was named one of the 10 Best Dressed Men in Sacramento in the 70’s.

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      • You were not! Really? And in an outfit such as the one you have just described? Hmm. Now I know why it was called the psychedelic era. Nothing to do with drugs after all!

        And yes, deafening was a brilliant touch by Cate! We Kate/Cates are fabulous, are we not?

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  4. Ted looks rightly pleased with his floral combo – I never quite had the nerve for the checked suit preferring the practicality of velvet 🙂

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  5. The window pane check was second half of 1960s. Sorry, Ted, you were late again. Probably Canadian, by the look of the hair. Explains everything.

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    • Hi Bryan. Did you mean you think Ted is Canadian? He is American, through and through! (But he has a lot of appeal to girls in the Commonwealth!)

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      • Well, my comment was tongue in cheek, really, but yes, he does have that look about him.

        I suspect if Ted isn’t Canadian he’s from somewhere very close to the border, and a long way from either ocean. Sorry… the signal coming through the ether is fading somewhat … But ja, with a German or Scandinavian heritage – by the cut of his jib – I’d take a stab at Minnesota, or thereabouts, being his birthplace.

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        • Well, that is interesting but I don’t know if any of it is true, though his surname sounds Germanic to me. I will pass on your comment and see what he says!

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      • Bryan is close, all German except for one great grandmother who was also French, Turkish and Belgian. I was born in Sacramento and am a Fourth Generation Sacramentan. I do now, however, life in the San Juan Islands… spitting distance from our Neighbors to the North, the Canadiens.

        As for the Window Pane Check Coat… Lest Bryan think me a rube, as he seemed to imply, it probably was in the 60’s that I bought that coat from Academy Award Clothes in Los Angeles, as I won myTed Best Dressed Award in 1969. I was quite the dandy in the late 60’s and early 70’s. Then Disco came, and I wore polyester shirts and bell bottoms… Please don’t think badly of me.

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        • Oh, btw… Sacramento is 90 miles away from the Pacific Ocean. And, by the look of the hair… W.T.F. At least I have hair!

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          • Still, my assessment from a small photo wasn’t so very far out. As I said, the post was tongue in cheek. You should see some of the clothes I was wearing in the 1960s and 70s, Ted. Then again, maybe not.

            Just to add, my grandmother was Canadian – born in Chemainus on Vancouver Island – my mother was Norwegian and I live with a German artist.

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            • I love so many cultures intermingling and getting along in so many ways. If we can do it in families, why can’t we do it in international relations more? Thanks for your comments Bryan. You and Ted have a gift for written repartee!

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        • Great to know all that about you, Ted! I love that you got a best dressed award AND that you wore polyester shirts etc. you were obviously a man in the fashion avant garde.

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      • Ah, yes, an upside-down convict. Not great, but it could be worse. He might have accused you of being Alaskan. Ms Palin has made sure that is now unfashionable at best!

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  6. Well, I don’t live too far from your grandmother now… Friday Harbor on San Juan Island 20 miles across the ocean from Vancouver Island.

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  7. Canadian young men were not immune to the prevailing bad taste of the 60s and 70s’ When my ex-husband and I were courting back then he had the most hideous clothes in that nasty polyester, but he strutted his stuff like a true peacock, whilst I hovered in the background like a drab bird. G

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    • I doubt you were the drab bird you might have felt yourself to be! Men’s fashion is so often dull and uninspiring these days, that a bit of bright colour, without the polyester (or today’s version, Lycra) would be welcome. I hasten to add, only if worn with confidence and a bit of flair.

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