Raccoon coat

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The Saturday Evening Post, November 16, 1929
W. C. Fields in a raccoon coat

Raccoon coats, full-length fur coats made of raccoon hide, were a fad in the United States during the 1920s. Such coats were particularly popular with male college students in the middle and later years of the decade.[1] They became popular due to the stories of Davy Crockett and popular artist James Van Der Zee.[2] George Olsen and His Music released a recording highlighting the fad in 1928, titled "Doin' the Raccoon", with the lyrics:

From every college campus comes the cheer: oy-yoy!
The season for the raccoon coat is here, my boy!
Rough guys, tough guys, men of dignity,
Join the raccoon coat fraternity, soon,
To do the raccoon!

A few months after Olsen's recording hit the air, the November 16, 1929, issue of The Saturday Evening Post featured an Alan Foster illustration of several college men wearing raccoon coats.[3] The raccoon coat (many times accompanied with a straw boater, wingtip spectator oxfords, and either a saxophone or a ukulele) has been referenced numerous times in movies and television, both as a symbol of the Jazz Age and as a cliché motif of collegiate enthusiasm.

The fad saw a resurgence during the mid-1950s, specifically vintage coats from the 1920s.[4][5]

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  1. ^ Wilcox, R. Turner (2010). The Mode in Furs: A Historical Survey with 680 Illustrations. Courier Corporation. ISBN 0-486-47872-6.
  2. ^ Fashion Encyclopedia: Modern World 1919–1929. Entry for Raccoon Coat
  3. ^ The Saturday Evening Post - Alan Foster Gallery
  4. ^ "Raccoon Swoon in New Flurry", LIFE Magazine, pp. 83–86, September 9, 1957, retrieved August 16, 2017
  5. ^ Le Zotte, Jennifer (February 8, 2017), "The Invention of Vintage Clothing", Smithsonian, Washington, D.C., retrieved August 16, 2017

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