does anyone know the history/origination of the yellow rain slicker?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by The Vintage Merchant, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    ok, so that's a really long title, but i was doing some research, and i'm curious to know the origin of the yellow rain slicker. :scratchchin:

    yes, fishermen used them long long ago.

    but who was the first to wear one??? who made it? a sailor? his mother? (sort of a joke, but maybe not??)

    firemen wear a version of it. kids get tucked into them when it rains. (or they used to)

    i've searched, but so far no answers. just ads for new ones. or stories with them in it. but no history of them.

    and now, i've looked long enough, its startin to bug me


    ideas anyone??:clueless:
  2. BagDiva

    BagDiva Guest

    well...l know the original (yellow?) rainhat is a sou'ester and that it originated over 100 years ago, worn by fisherman...and l made the assumption that the coat worn with it....had the same origins....

    The RNLI Museum woud be your best bet...thats in whitby and the national maritime museum has an online collection and contact details....

  3. worth-a-peek

    worth-a-peek Registered Guest

    Found this

    "The origins of the waxed cotton used in the Filson garments and in our Australian riding coats go back to a Scottish mill that wove sails for the British clipper fleet. The mill made flax (linen) sails for the early clipper ships. Linseed oil was produced from the seeds extracted from the flax plants, and the oil was used to waterproof sailcloth for use in seamen's clothing, particularly seamen's capes, the forerunner of the fisherman's slicker. The capes were fully waterproof, but heavy and became very stiff in cold weather. They also turned yellow in time, leading to the traditional yellow of the fisherman's slicker. By the mid 1800's, as the design of the clipper ships developed towards faster ships with larger sails, flax sails proved too heavy. A new cotton sail, made from strong two-ply yarns in both warp and weft, provided the lighter cloth with the extra strength for the larger sails. The new cotton material also was better for waterproof clothing, and, treated with linseed oil, was used for mariners' waterproof clothing with little change up to the 1930's."

  4. The Vintage Merchant

    The Vintage Merchant Administrator Staff Member

    oh, yippee!!! Karen thank you so much!!!


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