|Photographs by my father|
“Even if they've never been near a duck blind or gone beagling, Preppies are dressed for it. Rugged outerwear and hearty innerwear are de rigeuer in even the most sophisticated suburbs.”
- The Official Preppy Handbook, edited by Lisa Birnbach
“These are Bean's bird-shooting pants, but I never shoot birds, I assure you.”
- Caption of a 1982 New Yorker Cartoon by Donald Reilly, reprinted in L.L. Bean's anniversary book, Guaranteed to Last.
I thought of these two quotes, predicting the derivative and then ironic apparel of the subsequent decades, as I came across these old black and white photos that my father took of some friends duck shooting, just off the shore of the coastal Connecticut town of Guilford in 1961. I still have many of those decoys.
|To many today, "duck hunting" is more adjective than gerund.|