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Daniel Buck
Re: Bankers :)
Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:18pm

Just about any town in Bolivia would had at least one store that sold men's clothing. In Tupiza, there was "Isidoro A. Kohn." In the larger towns and cities, Oruro, Potosi, La Paz, etc., there would have been multiple choices -- and as well in Antofagasta, Chile, which the bandit duo also frequented.

Early 1900s photos of middle class locals, expatriate workers, travelers, etc, in Bolivia shows that normal garb for men was either a two- or three-piece suit, even when traveling in the countryside. From period catalogs, we know that the materials for such suits ranged from wool, silk and cashmere at one end to canvas, corduroy, and khaki at the other. Dan

  • Bankers :)Mark Mszanski, Fri Jan 12 11:23am
    Dan and - Vince - It is interesting to get eye witness accounts of the two bandits and what they were wearing - There is detail there - I expect the SEARS catalogue would have been a no starter -... more
    • Re: Bankers :) — Daniel Buck, Fri Jan 12 12:18pm
      • Mostly of British import?Mark Mszanski, Fri Jan 12 1:48pm
        Dan - I suppose it may be hard to tell. I had wondered if the cashmere and or wool was of British import given the influx of Welsh farmers. It seems there was a game plan here or maybe we just want... more
        • Re: Mostly of British import?Daniel Buck, Fri Jan 12 2:14pm
          Mark, yea, gaucho dress is a whole other universe. Lots of photo books on gaucho dress, tho gaucho central was really the pampas, not patagonia, which was not settled until the later 19th century &... more
          • or Courde du Roi?Mark Mszanski, Fri Jan 12 3:58pm
            Dan - For the French settlers which as a direct french translation would be the Cloth of the King - A stretch - Pero seems to be maniacally focused on detail . Weird they chose red -or Yellow - Not... more
            • Re: or Courde du Roi?Daniel Buck, Fri Jan 12 5:07pm
              Mark, He's a good witness; eye for details. Also dark red is not a bright color, and yellow can cover vegetable hues, like English tweedy colors. More research required. Dan
              • Re: or Courde du Roi?Daniel Buck, Mon Jan 15 6:34am
                Mark, a Bolivian colleague suggested that yellow could be khaki, which was a fabric in style in the bandits' era for country/hunting/sport suits. Dan
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