Happy New Year 2017 From Old Time Blues

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Old Time Blues wishes a happy 2017 to all!

As 2016 comes to its close, I extend my sincerest wishes to all of you for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2017.  Old Time Blues’ resolution for the new year is to keep the hot jazz, lowdown blues, down home old time, and other esoteric tunes flowing like fine wine, and in even greater volume!  Unfortunately, I still don’t have a suitable Guy Lombardo record prepared for this occasion, so please enjoy last year’s celebratory disc.

Also, be sure to tune in to the world famous Radio Dismuke all through New Years’ Day for the rebroadcast of the annual New Years’ Eve Broadcast!  For the first time, I have the tremendous pleasure of joining those esteemed collectors with some of the best sides from the Old Time Blues collection to add to their already impressive playlist!

Sincerely,
R. Connor Montgomery

Old Time Blues Men’s Reproduction Vintage Clothing Compendium

I like vintage clothes, I have a modest collection of them, but often I opt to save the irreplaceable antiques for special occasions, and use more replaceable vintage styled modern garments for everyday wear.  Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to find those esoteric styles, most of what you’ll find at your local department store conforms to the modern fashion trends of low-waisted slim-fit slave labor made rags.  In my never ending search for alternatives, I’ve compiled the following list of websites offering vintage styled clothing for men.  I’ve included everything I can find in this list, some are top-notch high quality goods, others may be less so—you’ll have to use your own discretion.  It isn’t my goal to build any of them up, nor to tear them down.  I can’t vouch for the quality of most these products, as I have only sampled a few thusfar.  By request, the locations of each are listed by their ISO two digit country codes, and can easily be searched using your browsers “find” feature (typically “Ctrl+F”).

If you happen to belong to the feminine persuasion, I’m afraid I can’t offer much help, except for the sources listed here that cater to both sexes (and there are a fair number of those), but I can tell you that reproduction vintage for women seems to be more prevalent than for men.  I’d recommend giving it a search on Google, someone else has probably made a list like this for ladies’ wear.

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One Year of Old Time Blues!

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We can party like it's 1922!

What better time to party like it’s 1922!

Exactly one year ago today, on May 27, 2015, Old Time Blues first came online with our own take on WordPress’ built in “Hello World” post, featuring KWKH’s own W.K. Henderson. The reason for creating such a thing was to share my love for history, and my phonograph records, with anyone who might happen to be interested.  It seemed more worthwhile to spend all that money on records if I was going to share them with the world.

I contemplated for quite a while what sort of record (or something else) would be appropriate for such an occasion, but I couldn’t come up with anything, so here I am at the end of the day with nothing but words, and not even a whole lot of those (plus that one picture up there at the top).  Nevertheless, I cannot let such a moment pass by without some form of commemoration, so as Fats Waller would say, “here ’tis.”

Before bringing the site online, I spent a long time contemplating what to call the project.  Eventually, I came across a 1921 jazz composition by Johnny Dunn called “Old Time Blues”, played by Mamie Smith’s Jazz Hounds, and somehow the title fit, so I bought the record, which became the de facto theme song of the site.  I purchased the domain, and took care of the formalities on May 26, 2015, and in the wee hours of the next morning, Old Time Blues finally came to life.

In the coming year, expect to see more of the same, but I also have some other features planned, which I hope to increase to enough frequency to compete with the records in the foreseeable future.  These include more “Spotlight” features, which I have been neglecting recently, more reviews similar to my look at 1922 Dickies, and plenty more related to music, vintage clothing, and elder times in general, which I surely hope will be enjoyable.

More than anything else, I would like to take a moment on this anniversary to say thanks to all the fine people who take the time to look, read, listen to, and hopefully enjoy the stuff I post here.  It’s your interest that makes it worthwhile, and I sincerely thank you all for your patronage.

Regular programming shall resume imminently…

Be Sure You’re Right — Then Back Up

By R.D. McCulloch


During my Navy days, while cruising ashore with a pal, in the vicinity of the R. R. Depot, Bill was approached by a very agitated and apparently cuckoo citizen, who offered him an excellent looking watch for his cash balance, which happened to be about eight dollars, cash in a hurry, with a sob story of a sick mother and a train to catch.  Well, Bill fell for it and as that was the end of his finances, the stranger turned to me and offered me a bargain of a life-time, a diamond ring for $25.00.  I prided myself on my unerring judgement and it looked good, so, finding my cash balance on hand to be $22.40 and this being acceptable to the stranger, I became the possessor of a diamond ring that I had backed my judgement on being worth around $200.  The stranger hurriedly left and then Bill began to kid me about the stone, insinuating that I had been made a monkey of, or words to that effect.  The watch was plainly an Elgin, stamped 19 jewels, with a 25 year case, so evidently Bill knew that he got a bargain, but he was dubious about the ring.  To make sure, I decided to consult a jeweler and after that expert had looked at the stone through his monocle, and turned it over and around, Bill meanwhile grinning like a jack-ass eating cactus, he proceeded to offer me $165 for the stone on a larger one.  Bill stopped grinning.

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