Inside the Pages of Gentry Magazine

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I’m always shocked when I hear someone boast about not owning a library card. I realize that it’s easy to think that internet has “everything worth knowing” these days, but that’s just ridiculous. Take for example Gentry Magazine, the mid-century menswear magazine that unfortunately has been largely forgotten overtime. There’s only a handful or so articles on Gentry online, and issues can fetch as much as a few hundred dollars on eBay, but I’ve still always hoped to check it out for myself one day, and this past Friday, thanks to my library card, I finally got that chance. The New York Public Library has all twenty-two glorious issues from Gentry’s short six year run, and after spending the day flipping through all of them all I can say is if you ever get a chance, I implore you to head up to the NYPL and read through as many issues as you can. Gentry covered¬†everything from classic literature, to Renaissance art, to Eastern philosophy, to what can only be described as 1950’s street style, and it all comes together as one of the greatest resources for men ever published. While I wish that I could have scanned these issue wholesale, I was able to take a couple hundred pictures of specific details from the magazine that really jumped out to me, and so here are my favorites from that crop.

Buttonless Polo coat with an accompanying fabric swatch

Buttonless Polo coat with an accompanying camel hair swatch

A great pairing of suede chukkas with a two on one double breasted jacket

A great pairing of suede chukkas with a two on one double breasted jacket

Belted double breasted overcoat with a hood

Belted double breasted overcoat with a hood

Ovadia & Sons?

Ovadia & Sons?

Ignore the fact that this man is not wearing pants

Ignore the fact that this man is not wearing pants

Patterns

Patterns

Chinese inspired pajamas with a flapped breast pocket

Chinese inspired pajamas with a flapped breast pocket

An incredible asymmetrical hiking boot

An incredible asymmetrical hiking boot

White turtleneck

White turtleneck

Two solid looks from the French Riviera

Two solid looks from the French Riviera

The legendary Racoon Coat

The legendary Racoon Coat

Gamekeeper's style jacket

Gamekeeper’s style jacket

1956 Best Dressed List

1956 Best Dressed List

A map of stores forgotten

A map of stores forgotten

The striped blazer

The striped blazer

More espadrilles

More espadrilles

Summer sneaks

Summer sneaks

Club/contrast collared Hathaway shirt

Club/contrast collared Hathaway shirt

Beautiful waistcoat

Beautiful waistcoat

Brooks Brothers

Brooks Brothers

Interesting pairing of the shawl collar single button jacket with a button-down collar

Interesting pairing of the shawl collar single button jacket with a button-down collar

Thom Browne?

Thom Browne?

Field Jacket

Field Jacket

Classic Burberry ad

Classic Burberry ad

A listing of (mostly) bygone haberdashers

A listing of (mostly) bygone haberdashers

Shearling lining and a ticket pocket

Shearling lining and a ticket pocket

Ivy emblems

Ivy emblems

The perfect shawl collar cardigan

The perfect shawl collar cardigan

Hacking pockets, handwarmer pockets and a breast pocket

Hacking pockets, handwarmer pockets and a breast pocket

Flapped ticket pocket

Flapped ticket pocket

One of my favorite features ever done, pairing sporting moments with Grecian statues

One of my favorite features ever done, pairing sporting moments with Grecian statues

Modified espadrilles or a precursor to Rivieras

Modified espadrilles or a precursor to Rivieras

Early Harris Tweed advertisement

Early Harris Tweed advertisement

Great combo all around

Great combo all around

Intricate throat latch

Intricate throat latch

The "casual" pith helmet?

The “casual” pith helmet?

A strange pullover, pocketed sweater and a modified Harrington

A strange pullover, pocketed sweater and a modified Harrington

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More reptilian loafers

More reptilian loafers

The Duke of Windsor on the links

The Duke of Windsor on the links

Fair Isle

Fair Isle

Hacking pockets

Hacking pockets

Shaggy Dog

Shaggy Dog

J. Press

J. Press

One of my favorite pocket styles

One of my favorite pocket styles

Palm Beach Prince Alberts

Palm Beach Prince Alberts

One of the most interesting sweaters I've ever seen.

One of the most interesting sweaters I’ve ever seen.

Close-up

Close-up

How to wear a Madras blazer

How to wear a Madras blazer

The Norfolk Jacket

The Norfolk Jacket

The same story we write about Clarks today

The same story we write about Clarks today

Trilby

Trilby

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Palm beach prints

Palm beach prints

Formalwear contrasting with the natural shoulder sportcoat

Formalwear contrasting with the natural shoulder sportcoat

Belgian-esque "casuals"

Belgian-esque “casuals”

A strange five-button cardigan

A strange five-button cardigan

Duck camo back when it was actually used primarily for hunting

Duck camo back when it was actually used primarily for hunting

The revival of the three piece suit

The revival of the three piece suit

Alligator loafers for less than forty dollars

Alligator loafers for less than forty dollars

Flap patch breast pocket, fortunately we rarely see this these days

Flap patch breast pocket, fortunately we rarely see this these days

Mark McNairy x Keds?

Mark McNairy x Keds?

Go to Hell

Go to Hell

An incredible juxtaposition of the taped in swatch with classic Indian patterns

An incredible juxtaposition of the taped in swatch with classic Indian patterns

Risky Business in 1952

Risky Business in 1952

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One of my favorite ads from the entire magazine's run, one of many now defunct stores featured in Gentry's pages

One of my favorite ads from the entire magazine’s run, one of many now defunct stores featured in Gentry’s pages

Like a tuxedo pump/Prince Albert slipper hybrid

Like a tuxedo pump/Prince Albert slipper hybrid

Describes it as a "single breasted jacket with double breasted lapels," as a nod to the jacket's peak lapels

Back when peak lapels on a single breasted jacket were an anomaly

5 comments
  1. AVC said:

    Awesome! Thanks for taking the time to share all these great photos.

  2. senjiva said:

    I particularly like the luxurious use of fabric swatches! Also, I cannot believe that anyone’s quality of life can be very full without a library card!!!

  3. Derek said:

    Fantastic post, as usual.

    That flapped chest pocket is strange, but I admit I somewhat like it.

  4. Akil said:

    Absolutely amazing. This was a great history lesson. Thank you very much.

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