The First Eastman B-3 with Russet Horsehide trim in the US

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  1. Juanito

    Juanito Active Member

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    I moved about 6 months ago and I am still going through stuff. I picked up the Fighter Aces of the U.S.A book by Toliver and Constable, opened it up and found this from 1990 and 1991:

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    Receipts from Charles DiSipio's Nose Art Unlimited now known as History Preservation Associates for two wasman jackets in 1990 and 1991.

    The first receipt is for my first Eastman jacket, a B-3 with Russet Horsehide trim. I had to wait almost 4 months for the horsehide since it hadn't been previously an option. The second is for my Russet Horsehide A-2 in 1991. I think this might have been the first horsehide Eastman A-2 sold in the US as there was a very long lead time on this--thr original order was in March of 1991 along with the 65th Fighter Squadron disk, and the jacket was delivered in Late August or September 1991 if I recall correctly. If not the first, one of the early ones.

    I no longer have either jacket, although I wish I still had the A-2 due to the exquisite squadron disk that had no equal. I nearly pulled the trigger on a Luftwaffe jacket as you can see in the notes, and wish I had since I had the physique back then, but not now!

    Maybe I'll run across some photos of the jackets as I know I took numerous.
     
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  2. MikeyB-17

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    Cool! Never knew Chas was originally Nose Art Unlimited.
     
  3. Falcon_52

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    That's a nice bit of history there. Those prices, wow! Did Nose Art Unlimited have a catalog back then or how did you find out about them?

    Noel
     
  4. Juanito

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    Charles did not have his own catalog. Rather it was the Eastman catalog, which at that time was a Pee-Chee type folder with individual sheets for each jacket type. There was the Irvin, the B-3, the A-2, and the Luftwaffe jacket. Each sheet had actual samples of the leather and cloth materials that made up the jacket. They also offered RAF boots and a sheepskin USAAF cap if I recall correctly.

    I muse have looked at that stuff a million times waiting for my jackets. I am not sure if I have that stuff anymore, but then again, I didn't know I still had these receipts!
     
  5. dmar836

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    I have one of those folders with the samples from about '95
     
  6. John Lever

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    I've still got the leather sample card.
     
  7. MikeyB-17

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    Yeah I’ve still got the folder with the samples. Then there was a thin colour catalogue which was the first one with the Roughwear jackets. Then the Golden Book.
     
  8. CBI

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    I remember ordering jackets from those catalogs................
     

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