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Jackets in the sixties?

fabricholic | Posted in General Discussion on

O.k.  I saw the discussion about the 1950’s coat.  Does anyone remember the CPO Jackets?  They were wool, usually light colored background and plaid design with buttons up the front and a shirt tail hem, I believe. 

Did anyone wear the Members Only jackets?



  1. stitchintime | | #1

    Gosh, I remember those,too.

    This is from the "Anderson High School 1974 Reunion". (something I found while searching). The man who posted this remembered an awful lot.

     "An earlier post indicates a memory of "CPO Jackets". The author wasn't sure what the term "CPO" meant. CPO jackets were popular from the 1930's thru the early 1970's and are still available today. The jackets were designed by the Navy for military enlisted personnel and were first issued in Navy Blue with large Navy symbol Buttons. The "CPO" stands for "Chief Petty Officer". The jackets look more like a heavy shirt than a jacket and were/are made of either wool or cotton, usually with large chest pockets and typically no lower pockets for your hands. Hand pockets were not necessary as it considered "un-military" looking to walk around with your hands in your pockets. The civilian market began producing these in the 1940's, often in plaid colors. The "big-brother" to the CPO jacket was the officers P-Coat. Now you know!"

    It's amazing how many things were designed for the armed forces and then came into common use.

    Edited 12/13/2006 2:38 am ET by stitchintime

    1. user-51823 | | #2

      military-wise, i recall CPO stands for Chief Petty Officer

    2. fabricholic | | #3

      I graduated high school in 1974. That is a good description for them. Everybody that was "anybody" had one. LOL They were very warm and at the time, very cool. The Members Only jackets were for men and all the girls wanted to wear their boyfriends Members Only jacket. It was light weight navy or black, I believe. It had a zipper up the front and a neckband that had snaps on the end of it.It's fun going down memory lane. Thanks for all the information on it.Marcy

  2. user-238478 | | #4

    Hi all...    My very first venture sewing on a button for a boyfriend was to his CPO jacket...   9th grade.

    Thanks for the memory walk thru


    Nancy R

    1. fabricholic | | #5

      Hi Nancy,That was sweet. Did he let you wear it?Marcy

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