Vintage A&F duffel bag

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  1. GKiT

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    An early canvas duffel bag by Abercrombie & Fitch. This bag likely dates around WW1. Approximately 34”x15” with two carry handles, rope drawstring closure and internal throat sleeve with cord closure to provide more protection from the elements.
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    Really enjoying your latest posts on vintage gear.

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    Thanks for sharing all of your posts about A&F vintage gear...

    So, are you starting a A&F Museum? :6:
     
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    I agree with @Red Ochre these posts are fun. A great look back at the past first hand.
     
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    No museum planned. I have often thought there should be an archives of A&F though. LL Bean has a well cared for collection of products and catalogs going back to the very beginning. There are A&F things tucked away in collections and museums but no formal archive that I am aware of.
     
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    Maybe now is the time?
     
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    @GKiT, do you by any chance have one of the period "side opening duffle bags"? I've made 2 of them from the pattern in Miller's book, but would love to see a real one.

    For the group: rations like sugar, flour, oatmeal, and such were typically packed in squat 8"-9" wide paraffined muslin bags (so they'd stand alone without tipping over.) These were then packed in a 9" diameter side-opening bag, about 24" long. A 1/2" dowel along one edge created a "lip" which the flap rolled up on, creating a waterproof seal, and the bag was then fastened with two straps. I use them to store wool blankets in, on canoe trips.
     
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    I’ve never seen an original of those, and believe me I have been looking. I do know a gentleman who has made a close copy based on the original descriptions in Miller’s books.

    I think it’s a safe bet that David T. Abercrombie first introduced that concept to the camping public but I could be wrong about that. It was sold in the David T Abercrombie Co, catalogs as the Keewaydin Pack and sold by A&F as the Valise pack.

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    Okay. Enough of all this fantastic old gear, your killing me with it.
    Tom Black
     
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    @GKiT, that's the one. Good luck with the search.
     
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