G’Day, mates, let’s get started on Catalog #25, Fall 1985’s “Notes from the Outback”….The cover artist is uncredited. Rob Stein is always a good guess, but this watercolor feels different to me. Hard to say. It’s a great piece and it almost looks like concept art for a store window display. Is there no location so remote you cannot get the Wall St. Journal delivered? Catch the signage: Who doesn’t want to spend time in Doonuffin?
Page 3: The Outback Bush Jacket was the Italian Canvas Bush Jacket up to Christmas 84. The Outback designation actually started in Spring 85 with much more “Outbacky” artwork than the Outback issue has.
Pages 22/23 Here’s some unusual surplus we haven’t seen before, authentic Israeli Fatigues along with some of the most memorable BR surplus gems, the Franco pants with the famous kick-in-the-ass target. A true story or Zieglerean hyperbole ala the famous Short-armed paratrooper tale?
Vacation Snapshots….The travel journals are primarily written by Mel and illustrated by Patricia, but occasionally the illustrations were done by staff as the founder’s responsibilities continued to grow. This looks to me like a watercolor painted from a photograph of Patricia posing in front of Ayer’s rock (wearing the All-Night Jumpsuit). Below, 4 Pages later it’s Mel’s turn in front of the camera. On the opposite page Mr Brady’s Traveling bag remains an essential part of the catalog.