Eureka! a jumpsuit!

There was a time when no respectable man of a certain age was seen in public on Sunday in Austin without a navy suit and a necktie, no matter how hot the weather. Saturdays, this same man was seen at Luby’s, Twin Oaks Hardware, the H-E-B, the Frisco, or the Pit in his jumpsuit. In winter, the sleeves were long; in summer, short. Where did he buy it? At Slax, from Mr. Samuelson, and probably at the Twin Oaks Slax. Or perhaps from Joseph’s on Congress downtown. Or from Gellman’s on Sixth, which was also the source of those wonderful Finesilver trousers from San Antonio. Favorite jumpsuit colors have always been navy, Carhartt chocolate brown, and the always popular tan. As this generation moves on in life, jumpsuits are not so abundantly visible in some parts of town. But today I saw my first jumpsuit this entire week: a very natty gentleman was mowing the lawn at the Congress Avenue Baptist Church, just across the side street from Washburn’s Town & County Cleaners. After the last Slax closed, I asked a neighbor where he planned to replenish his supply, and he revealed a source in Dallas. He likes the selection.

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