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History of Bowling Shirts

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A bowling shirt is a specific style of shirt that is associated with the game of bowling. It is box-cut and short-sleeved with a button-up front, pocket, and has a small lay-flat collar. What distinguishes a bowling shirt from all other box-cut shirts is the use of color. Bowling shirts have distinctive, stark, 2-color block patterns that give them a retro 50’s look.

An example of a classic bowling shirt is a white shirt with a contrasting black front panel and collar. The back of the shirt might also be black, with shoulder piping; the shoulders themselves and sleeves, white. Conversely the shirt might have contrasting side and back. Other examples of color schemes include black and red, blue and black, white and red, etc.

Bowling shirts are usually cotton or cotton/poly blends. Classic bowling shirts are never patterned in anything but solids with heavy solid lines or contrasting piping used as an accent. A shirt patterned in paisley, polka dots, plaids or prints, is not a classic bowling shirt, even if the cut is the same.


Contemporary bowling shirts are available with screen-printed backs, similar to the many designs we see on printed tee shirts.

The 1950’s youth made bowling shirts hip, even outside the lanes, wearing them to malt shops, dance hops, and football games. Today, bowling shirts are still very recognizable and remain a part of our history and pop culture.

Bowling is one of the most popular sports in the world; enjoyed by nearly 100 million people over 6 continents. It’s rudimentary beginnings are believed by some to reach all the way back to 3,200 B.C., when a small child in Egypt was buried with a collection of objects that appeared to have been used for a pin sport. The grave was unearthed in the 1930’s by British anthropologist Sir Flinders Petrie. Also of note, historian William Pehle traced bowling back to 300 A.D. in Germany, and there is record of variations of the game played throughout history in nearly all parts of the world.

By any measure bowling is ancient and beloved.

The American Bowling Congress formed on 9 September 1895 and is credited with standardizing bowling in the United States and organizing official competition. The Women’s Bowling League followed in 1917, just twelve years after bowling saw it’s first non-wood ball — the rubber Evertrue. Brunswick followed in 1914 with their Mineralite ball, and by 1952 automatic pinspotters replaced pinboys in the alleys.

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History of Pin Up

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Pin Up HistoryWhere did all began-

It was in the 20th century when Pin up started to take hold of the limelight, yet it originated closer to the 1890’s. It is a by-product of repressing of women’s freedom of expression.

Pin up created an earmark in the feminism history that furthers a revolutionary change all women are now enjoying. Today, we are privileged to dress in garbs we are most comfortable with.

Pin up is not a mere sex symbolism but a bold feminist act of eliminating the norm of women’s restrictions in a patriarchal world.

Origin of Pin Up

France is the rich soil where pin up was founded back in 1890’s. Jules Cheret, a Parisian artist who initiated and thus set an example to late Victorian up to contemporary advertisers, exhibited young and voluptuous women in posters and magazines.

Passing a decade, it was only by the end of the nineteenth century that this trend gained foothold in France and crawling its way to the rest of the world.


Pin Up History

It was in the 20th century when Pin up started to take hold of the limelight, yet it originated closer to the 1890’s. It is a by-product of repressing of women’s freedom of expression.

Pin up created an earmark in the feminism history that furthers a revolutionary change all women are now enjoying. Today, we are privileged to dress in garbs we are most comfortable with.

Pin up is not a mere sex symbolism but a bold feminist act of eliminating the norm of women’s restrictions in a patriarchal world.


American Pin Up History

Isn’t it inspiring when you have something to hope for amidst the war?

Well, that was the key role of the Pin up during World War II – to keep soldiers ‘morale’ up and distract them from the risk of death.

It was indeed a brilliant idea that Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth, the two most renowned pin up girls, paved way for.

There’s no single soldier of World War II who didn’t get a chance to even glimpse on Grable or Hayworth paintings. Grable earned the title of “Most Popular pin up of World War II”.

In the same manner, Gillette Elvgren who produced over five hundred paintings of women in a forty-year span of time gained the “Best pin up artist” award.

On another note, Alberto Vargas who is a renowned poster artist had a regular feature of “Varga Girls” in Esquire Magazine.

Each issue featured new pin up girls in radical, creative themes. Subsequent to the war, Christian Dior piloted a new avenue of advertising, integrating pin ups into print ads. It was then that pin up advertisements were seen everywhere.


One popular form is the pin up calendar featuring “good girl” pin ups or “wholesome” pin up girls distributed by American businesses.

In 1949, photographer Tom Kelley paid Marilyn Monroe $50 (which is already a wad of money at that time) to pose nude on a red velvet background.

A couple of years later, the Playboy magazine owned by Hugh Hefner bought the rights to publish one of her calendar shots named “Golden Dreams”.

It was the centerfold of Playboy’s first issue and made an astounding impact to the Americans. Marilyn Monroe owned the spotlight as a sexpot and starlet of the Hollywood during this time also and continues to be a sex symbol today.

Likewise, Playboy magazine became one of the liberalizing elements of the sexual revolution.

While Marilyn Monroe graced the mainstream America, there are a heap of girls who tried their luck yet only some pinned success in this industry. To name a few, Bettie Page (massive success in the pin up world), Bridgette Bardot, Sophia Loren, Jayne Mansfield, and Lili St.Claire are other personalities who imprinted significant roles in the pin up history.

Then and Now

Over a hundred years, pin up history and pin ups themselves have been an inspiration to contemporary art and fashion.

Pin up reached its hey-day during the World War II but women keep shining through its lingering glory, transferred from generation to generation and enhanced through time.

The pin up era today is growing more and more, gaining popularity amongst those women who want to embrace their curvy bodies, shine with confidence and glamour.

Pin ups are perceived witty, classy, and sexy but it’s the principle behind it continuing to create an impact to the world.

Lover of all pin ups,
Sorelle <3

History of Rockabilly Music

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Rockabilly is a lead guitar, a rhythm guitar and a upright bass. Real true rockabilly… well you get too carried away till a drummer can’t keep up with it!

— Charlie Feathers, 1979 —

The Rockabilly style evolved out of post-war country-boogie, hillbilly, and rhythm & blues. Between 1945 and 1954 these disparate musical styles crossed paths and developed the hybridknown as rockabilly. The Delmore Brothers were early exponents of the country-boogie style, which had grown out of jazz boogie-woogie rhythms. They recorded several influential discs on the King label in the mid-forties, including “Hillbilly Boogie” and “Pan American Boogie” in 1945. These set the course for other country artists who assimilated the Delmores’ rhythms into their own work. Hank Thompson, Webb Pierce, Red Foley and Moon Mullican among others built careers around the boogie beat. Equally important in the evolution of rockabilly was the hillbilly style of Hank Williams. His honky-tonk hillbilly sound, utilizing steel guitar, acoustic bass and profound influence on Bill Haley and Carl Perkins.

As early as 1952, Haley and his group the Saddlemen employed the slapped bass sound, which was to become the hallmark of the rockabilly style. Perkins, a country boy like Williams, sang in a pure hillbilly manner. In fact, his very first release, “Turn Around” (1955), on the Flip label, was classic hillbilly, owing much to his affinity for the Hank Williams style. From the very same session came “Gone Gone Gone” (1955), which combined Perkins’ hillbilly style with a primitive rockabilly rhythm.


The final ingredient in the rockabilly mix, rhythm & blues, owes much to Sam Phillips. Forming the Memphis Recording Service in 1950, Phillips initially recorded what was to become a virtual ‘who’s who of bluesmen,’ namely: Junior Parker, Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Howlin’ Wolf, Walter Horton, James Cotton and many more. Phillips’ use of flutter echo and over-amplification created a stark, primitive sound that he later adapted to his efforts with country artists.

Interestingly, it was a guitar riff from Junior Parker a “Love My Baby” (1953) in Elvis Presley’s 1955 version of “Mystery Train” (also a Parker original) that positively forms a link between the country and rhythm & blues styles. Indeed, it was Presley’s historic Sun recordings that crystallized the emerging rockabilly style and laid the groundwork for Phillips pioneering efforts at his tiny studio in Memphis. Over the next four years Phillips recorded countless rockailly artists, but none had greater importance than Carl Perkins.

While Elvis undisputably stands as the progenitor of the new idiom, it was, in fact, Carl Perkins original self-penned recording of “Blue Suede Shoes” (1956) which resulted in international recognition for rockabilly. Perkins’ Sun recordings were quintessential rockabilly, combining all the elements of the style. Further, he opened the floodgates for the exploitation of rockabilly by other labels. At first issued only on small independent Memphis and Texas labels (Shimmy, Fernwood, Erwin, Lin, Jan), rockabilly quickly found its way to the majors. Columbia, Capitol, Decca/Coral and Mercury recorded rockabilly artists feverishly during 1956-57.

Their recordings constitute one of the most fruitful and exciting periods in the history of rock ‘n roll. And the key to their continuing popularity is their basic honesty. Rockabilly musicians recorded in the most uninhibited fashion with the sparest instrumentation, often on primitive equipment. Most of today’s music, cold and calculated, pales in comparison with the simplicity and beauty of these early pioneering efforts.


Tom Henneberry, 1978


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The story of Swing Dress

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Swing Dress

The swing dress started life in the dance halls of the 40s, when girls wanted to swing and lindy hop the evenings away with handsome young men, flashing some leg when they swirled on the dance floor.

What Is A Swing Dress?

The swing dress is usually a knee-length dress, fitted at the waist and flared so that it swings with the dancer. It was worn in the 40s and 50s, the 1940s versions tending to use less material because of fabric rationing, and in the 1950s skirts got bigger and fuller to reflect the fit and flare fashions (although swing skirts weren’t worn with the big frothy petticoats of more formal fashions).

For a 40s look pair your swing dress with some medium heeled shoes and seamed tights or stockings, and for a 50s look add some bobby socks and flatter shoes, then get ready to swing the night away!


We got new female model!!! Yeah!!!

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Ella is the new model of Rockabilly Bowling Shirts. She is one of our regular customer
and she loves Rockabilly Music and Pin up style.

Ella New Female Model

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We are very proud that we have customers from all over the World. This week got pictures from our dear friend Alain Boldini


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