Archives for April 2010 | A Continuous Lean. - Page 2

More Historical Dickies Photos

Apr 24th, 2010 | Categories: Americana | by Michael Williams

E.E. Dickie

C.N. Williamson

Workwear From the Archives | Dickies 1922 Collection

Apr 23rd, 2010 | Categories: Work Wear | by Michael Williams

Go, go to your archives. That was the call, and Fort Worth-based-workwear-juggernaut Dickies heard it and is re-releasing its “Uniform Shirt” ($175) and “Uniform Pant” ($200) this coming July. Both pieces — part of the company’s new 1922 Collection, which will initially be available at Unionmade in S.F., Stronghold in L.A. and Luther’s in Austin — are made in the United States at the oldest and longest continuously operating Dickies factory in Uvalde, Texas. Boom.

Made from twill Type I Cramerton Army Cloth, both the Uniform Shirt and the pants come in two color variants — Khaki and Suntan. The 1922 shirt comes two ways, with short or long sleeves and the pants are offered either hemmed or cuffed. This is a small start, but hopefully this will be a beginning to a larger movement of American production from Dickies.

Sewers making Dickies from the company archives.

Summer in Fairfield County Connecticut

Apr 21st, 2010 | Categories: LIFE | by Michael Williams

Waspy people doing waspy things in Connecticut. Summer of 1948 & 1949.

Beast of Burden | International Travelall

Apr 19th, 2010 | Categories: Automobiles, California | by Michael Williams

The only thing this beast can’t pass is a gas station.

Driving with my buddy in L.A. this past week and I spotted this late 1960s International Harvester Travelall and couldn’t resist pulling a Nick Maggio (sans bag of iPhone-photo-app-trickery) on this monster. I couldn’t even imagine driving these back in the day when they first came out — before everyone drove an SUV.

ACL Kodachromes | Part II

Apr 15th, 2010 | Categories: ACL KODACHROME | by Michael Williams

L.A. Burger Tour | Umami Burger

Apr 14th, 2010 | Categories: Food, Los Angeles | by Michael Williams

An unscientific survey of some of L.A.’s best burgers. Jonah and Palmer — the gents from Aether (who are friends, clients and advertisers on ACL) — and I decided to visit five (or so) burger destinations while I am on my left coast tour. The first stop, Umami Burger, was a place many had highly recommended. We met up at the outpost on La Brea for lunch and Umami did not disappoint.

Wants & Desires | Metal Top Table

Apr 14th, 2010 | Categories: Wants & Desires | by Michael Williams

Over the past few months I have been on a mission to find a conference table for my office. Actually, I have been looking for two tables. I ended up buying a butcher block table on industrial legs from a lathe which looks really nice with my Toledo drafting chairs. For the second table I bought two industrial packing tables (complete with particle board tops and shop stools) from the shipping supply company Uline for $349 each. Pretty amazing deal when you think about.

My whole office set-up looks and works very nice, but when I was poking around the Connecticut antiques shop Get Back Inc’s website I found what could have been a seriously amazing addition in this metal top school table.