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Old May 8th, 2009, 10:38 AM   #1
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Hi all - I haven't applied for permission to post on the Diary thread yet so I am posting this here

I would like to point out that moleskin clothing and moleskin bonnets were issued to prisoners in the LVP

The moleskin bonnets resembled a peaked cap for the men, though I don't know what women would have worn

When you leave prison the authorities often supply you with attire (in the modern age) so I was wondering if some women and men were walking around with the moleskin bonnets which would indicate that maybe they had been to prison at some point in their life

Not everyone wants to dissociate themselves from their prison record and up until recently tattoos on the face or hands known as "Borstal spots" were popular with the young criminal element, they wore Borstal jackets and carried Borstal bags (like hold-alls) as pretty much a "badge of honour" - ie advertising the fact that they had completed a Borstal sentence

(a Borstal sentence is pretty much equivalent to today's Youth Custody)
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Old May 8th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #2
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..and titfer = hat

tit for tat = hat
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Old May 8th, 2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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Hi, Nemo! I don't have Diary privileges either, so last night I sent Sir Robert Anderson (the thread's starter) a PM with some info on the common 19 th C. use of Moleskin for Hats, and also its use by Miners and such in Australia who prized cheap, durable Moleskin work-pants. Robert kindly said he'd post it for me. I didn't know that prisoners were issued it as well; that's interesting. I bet they felt spiffy and ready to conquer the world when they emerged from prison clad in their Moleskin splendor!

Moleskin is about 1 notch up from good old Rat-skin, so it's further proof that Moleskin was not associated with sartorial elegance. I love Vintage Clothing, so this oddball stuff interests me. Thanks for your info.

PS: FREE OFFER! Should any Forum Member wish to experiment with crafting trend-setting Moleskin Apparel of their own, I'd like to offer my yard & pasture for their ''gathering'' expeditions. -Archaic
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Old May 8th, 2009, 02:39 PM   #4
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Hi, Nemo! I don't have Diary privileges either, . . .
Arrangements can be made if you meet me at the corner of E and 10th Streets at 12 midnight tonight. Bring a suitcase full of money.
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Suddenly, the Diary threads are where all the cool kids wanna hang out.

Fear not, we'll catch up with all this by this evening. (Wisely, I don't have access to those controls.)

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Old May 8th, 2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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Hi ho

I suggest you contact Caz or Admin as quick as possible then.

Because having diary stuff ooze out into the general thread population is a risky business.

Worse than swine flu.

Plus its a pain having to have two threads on essentially the exact same topic.

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I agree - I'll apply for permission today
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Old May 9th, 2009, 12:45 PM   #8
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He he the mole bonnet is a wonderful image and I followed Caz's directions to the beetle bonnet and am still xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

He he- Nemo best to stay here and make asides!!!! x
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