Stuff Cool Kids Want: Hipster Kayak T-Shirts and Canoe Badges from the 60’s

Tuesday, 29 March 2011
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Been to etsy.com before? If not then you will discover a huge market of people selling crafty or vintage items. Think of it as a classier version of eBay minus the auction feature. More overpriced stuff but not near as much junk.

Hunting around on recently I came upon this cool vintage canoeing manual from 1969 published the American Red Cross. According to the description it, “includes history, instruction, maintenance and rescue info on canoeing.”

American Red Cross Canoe Book

I love the photos on how to paddle a swamped canoe. Overall I think it looks much better the boring 1981 version of the same book also found here.

American Red Cross Book - Inside

It can be yours for $9.

If collecting certification badges is your thing then pick up this vintage canoe badge straight from the 1960’s. It will be a key item to sew on your bathing suit the next time you decide to visit Camp Seafarer. $8.

Canoe Badge

Finally the sea kayaking hipsters out there will want to pick up this vintage t-shirt from 1985. It was to promote the fourth annual Angel Island Kayak Regatta.

Kayak T-Shirt: fourth annual Angel Island Kayak Regatta

Hipsters would argue that $18 is a real steal for this relic of the past. Others...wouldn’t.

I tried to find some info on the Regatta and it’s an event that seems to have been around at least since 1986. Kenny Howell from Epic Kayaks has paddled in everyone since but other then that I couldn’t find a whole lot of info online. Send along what you know so the purchaser of the t-shirt can wear it with pride at the next race.

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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