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"Pap's Wardrobe..."

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Posted: Dec 14, 2012 12:03 PM by Pat Shingleton

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Topics: Long Johns, heavy socks flannel shirt

During these shifting weather patterns we're constantly adjusting our wardrobes. Not the case with our grandfather who resided with us. Bert Price wore the same clothing day-in and day-out. His "wardrobe" consisted of cotton long johns, heavy socks, flannel shirt, a railroad hat, work gloves, bib overalls or pants; that included suspenders. His high top shoes were occasionally covered with galoshes. He kept the sleeves on his long-sleeve shirt in place with elastic garters. This was his uniform when he was a switchman on the railroad and his uniform during his remaining years. During the winter months he would don a coat called a "mackinaw." Except for his "Sunday-Go-To-Meetin" clothes, this was his outfit for all seasons. Surprisingly, I never saw him sweat profusely or shiver.

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