Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New Flag for Nottinghamshire

Well Nottinghamshire has a new flag to fly.

It sybolises the Cross of Saint George, the green for Sherwood Forest and of course our local hero Robin Hood.

SBR - The Ultimate Rubber Mack

Thought I would add some photos of my SBR Mack.
It was bought in 1978 from Rubber Fashions in Salford, made to measure and for the princely sum of £38.00
It is a David Marsh design and was worn extensively at Mackintosh Society events.

I even travelled on the top deck of an open topped vintage London bus in the London to Brighton run in did many other Mackintosh Society members. A trip to remember. 

Monday, 23 May 2011

Commercial Wet Weather Gear

Since my teens I have always enjoyed heavy duty commercial wet weather gear as worn by deep sea fishermen.
At the age of 16, so about 1965/66, I had a part time job in a hand carwash for a group under the name of '5 Minute Carwash' here in my town. One thing that attracted me was the heavy yellow bib and brace trousers they wore and the smock type tops, complete with wellingtons. In some carwashes the suits green with a large '5' stencilled on the back. The one I worked in, the gear was yellow. Yes this was a dream come true working in such a place and dressed as I was but the work was hard and the money reasonable and it funded my taste in fashion clothes in the mid 1960's, proper little 'Mod' I was.

The suits were yellow PVC and made by a Scottish compampany called North, they were heavy and well used and you did get hot and sweaty in them in the summer, the winter was different and often very cold. Thankfully we were under cover so not exposed to the elements and in those days there were no jet washers. Washing was with a brush and sponge soaked in a trough of soapy water.

I did it for about 14 months and finally the garage closed and became a supermarket. But before it closed I was able to get two of the suits and so my home pleasures were often spent dressed in the gear.
The suits were old, used, grimey and smelled of a mixture of sweat and pvc. The smell has always remained with me and is something I love when it comes to smelling gear...............what better than to smell gear that has been worn and used by a man.

Sadly, I drive around nowadays and there are hand carwashes all over the place, but none of the guys are kitted up in suitable waterproofs. Only once did I see one on the outskirts of Leeds where the guys were dressed in Hi-viz gear as protection. Sadly no camera that day to record the moment.

When it comes to heavy duty commercial wet weather gear, one name stands out and that is Guy Cotten. Their logo is :

Now for few photos from my collection

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Rainwear for Pleasure in Rubber and PVC

From the early 1900's rubber was used as a protective item, whether you were rich or poor you often owned and wore a mackintosh. The came in various type:

1. Single textured - rubber on the inside cloth on the outer.
2. Double textured - Rubber sandwiched between two layers of fabric

Both of the above were used by the gentry and often used by officers in the first world war.
Then there was SBR (Shiny Black Rubber) this was where the rubber was on the outside and often polished black. The cloth was called 'wigan' and took its name from the town in Lancashire.
Manchester became one of the leading manufacturers of the above types of rainwear.

In the 1960's fashionable ladies rainwear was still around and as a young man seeing a rubber mack would turn my head. If a man wore it even better.

It was not unusual to see this type of advert for rainwear, very rarely was a man featured.

The above shows the classic Mackintosh rainwear from the Dunlop Tyre Corporation.
These would have been a dream to wear.

And then came the 'Pakamac', every home should have one, we did, my mum, my dad and me.
Very sexy..........especially if worn with nothing underneath as mine often was (easy to clean as well).

But nothing could beat the rubber macks and they smelled good when they got warm. I used to sit on a bus knowing there was someone close by in a nylon rubber lined mack............the smell was obvious.

Some towns even had shops that sold nothing but rainwear, we had one in our town and just window shopping was an experience. The smell from the doorway was heavenly.

Dorman Stewart were based in Middlesborough.

In the 1960's PVC was the new material for fashion and rainwear. This gave me a good excuse to wear a black shiny pvc 3/4 length mack outdoors to the clubs we went to. It was purchased in the Kings Road during a trip to London. Forgot the price now but it was worth every penny.

I lived and breathed in that mack.................until one day at college, someone scrawled 'WIMPEY' across the back in chalk. Luckily it cleaned off and it survived well into the 1980's when it ended up as a pillow cover...............well I couldn't see a valuable part of my life go to waste.

The International Mackintosh Society
In the mid 1970's I joined a group of rubber rainwear enthusiasts who went under the name of the Mackintosh Society, this later became known as the International Mackintosh Society, as so many members came from around the world all with a love of rubber rainwear.

The Mackintosh Society was formed in 1969 by Leon Chead and 5 other men who appreciated in more ways than one the pleasures that rubber rainwear can give. As the Society grew it published an excellent magazine, had a dinner dance in the spring and a autumn weekend. These were usually held in top hotels, the most famous venue used on a regular basis was The Aerodrome Hotel at Croydon, famed for where the early aviator, Amy Johnson flew from here in May 1930 to Australia

The Aerodrome Hotel Croydon 1930's


Amy Johnson in her flying gear.............warm
and waterproof.                                                                               

It was whilst attending the Mackintosh Society functions and watching the fashion shows and visiting the trade fair, that I first discovered the German Klepper Mack. A rubber mack both inside and out usually made in grey, green or blue rubber. They were developed during WW2 in Germany and the company flourished until about 1972.
The Klepper mack has become a collectable item and has a strong following around the world.
Thanks to Ebay, I now own three of them and can often be seen around town in mine when it is raining. They were famous for their style and especially the vent at the back across the shoulders called a 'Rillo'. The early styles had 12 pleats and later ones 16. Each Klepper was labeled with its own tag detaing the day of manufacture. Mine all date form the early 1960's.
The beauty of them is they are totally waterproof and proving you care for them, don't wear out.

 Klepper at Kedlestone Hall, Derbyshire
Klepper in the Park

                                                                                 Wet Klepper....taste the rain

Testing my Klepper in a Munich fountain.......Yes it is still working and keeping me dry.

 Klepper in Salzburg, yes I do take my
                                                  Klepper on holiday.

Sadly the Mackintosh Society went into decline round about 1995 because just like other  groups there was squabbling and breakaway factions wanting more.
The breakaway group started as Mach2 and can be found by searching the web.

The Mackintosh Society still lives on in a new form and here is a link to their web site:

Hopefully it is as good as it used to be and every one is made welcome

Well thats all for now and I will add to this and talk about my own love for rainwear and wet weather gear.

The Funny Side of Wearing Hazmat.

Have a smile.........even wearing hazmat has its funny side. (Some of my captioned photos.......just for fun)

Holiday Pleasures

Ready and Waiting

Vintage Biker Gear

Around the web I have often seen a couple of my photos posted of a guy in vintage biker gear.
The gear is a Belstaff Black Prince suit in one photo and in the other, a long rubber coat (SBR as we always knew it).
The guy is not me, but a friend from a long time back and when he was clearing his gear photos gave me these two plus some others.
To some older guys who grew up in the early 1950's / 60's, this was the ultimate in biker protective gear.

Sadly the guy's biking days are over.............but his memory lives on.           God Bless.

A Fishy Tail

I am always on the look out for dressing for pleasure fantasy and as a teenager I used to read Marvel and DC comics, the fantasy characters inspired many a sleepless night and a pleasurable afternoon.

One of the character that did inspire me were Mermen, the thought of being changed and forced to become a Merman  did excite me. Over the years I still enjoy seeing guys who are Mermen and I came across this photo which apart from being fantasy is very erotic.

So how does one become a merman in your gear.................easy
Push both your legs down one pvc trouser leg, pull your rubber boots on and tuck the other leg of the trousers in the waistband at the back.

It worked for me when I was young and very imaginative.


Some of my Gear

The above photos give a clue to the type of gear I like and play in.
In my teens this would all have been fantasy and for some of you out there it still is.
I grew up drooling over photos in books and magazines, creating scrap books full of photos and dreams. I slowly collected a few items made of rubber and pvc, I would dress in secret and create a fantasy world around me.

Was I found out by my parents.............YES.
But no matter what happened the feeling were still there and I found new ways to hide things away.

I have been very fortunate to collect this type of gear over the years.

DRESSING for PLEASURE is a must for for me, I was born a RUBBERIST.
I did not discover it later in life for sexual pleasure and when something new comes along switch to that particular fetish.
Rubber found me at an early age and has moulded my life ever since, it is part of me and I live and breathe it every day of the week.

...........See you later

The Beginnings

The Beginnings on a journey of Protective Pleasure

So where do I start, my earliest recollection was at the tender age of 11 and a WW2 gasmask and an army cape that smelled of rubber. Putting them on felt good and deep down exciting.

Watching films and early television of divers and men in rubber, oilskins and pvc coats and wellingtons and waders just got me hooked even more.

Then there were the bikers in the leather gear and older bikers in wet weather clothing. The Belstaff Black Prince and the Stormaster long coats were the ultimate fantasy. So heavy and protective, like armour.

My boyhood dreams were not of cowboys and Indians, train drivers and firemen (Hmmm thinking about it, firemen were part of my fantasies. No my dreams and fantasies were of divers, bikers in heavy motorcycle protective gear and men on buildings sites in dirty muddy pvc and oilskins with muddy rubber wellingtons and waders.

So my love of protective gear began, since then I have explored various facets of a life in gear, but have always come back to my roots as a guy who loves total enclosure in heavy protective gear.

One question always ask is what colur gear do you like?
Well the answer has always been black, but as a hazmat guy, yellow and orange come a close second.
A lot of the Russian, Czech, Polish and German NBC suits I own come in green or brown, which suits me fine. It is the look, feel, smell and taste for me that counts when you have the suit on.

Over the years my collection of gear has grown and I am always loathed to throw or get rid of any gear. I do sometimes and often to guys who share my ideas of pleasure, so the gear lives on with them and I have memories and photos of what I once owned.

Always remember gear is not cheap and I have spent ‘loads of money’ indulging in my pleasures over the years.

In fact there should be a Government Health Warning issued:

“Having a Gear Fetish can seriously damage your wallet”

That’s all for now folks watch this space.