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Subject: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: Ryan112390 on 01/01/10 at 6:46 pm

Was looking at this picture of my grandpa (in the foreground with the black hair) and his brother, aged 53 and 61 at the time, from August 1973, and if you look at both of them, it seems they're plaiyng a game of some sort, and if you look at their otheir legs/feet, it seems they are both wearing ankle-high socks that come to just below the knee along with similar flat kind of shoes.

I'm wondering if ankle-to near knee high socks along with whatever kind of shoes they're wearing were part of some game or odd trend from the early-mid 70s? Or if it was just some old guy thing from back then?


http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/4783/august519734.jpg


Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: loki 13 on 01/01/10 at 7:40 pm

It looks like they are throwing horseshoes. Over the calf or athletic socks were very popular in the 70's,
often they had colored stripes around the top. The over the calf sock is the only socks I'll wear; come
to think of it, over the calf socks and Chuck Taylor's, my style of dress hasn't changed in over 30 years.  
                                                                                                                                             

For further proof of the popularity of the over the calf socks check the the uniforms of the typical
NBA player in 1977.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IF_F5FzZRY

Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: Ryan112390 on 01/01/10 at 8:26 pm


It looks like they are throwing horseshoes. Over the calf or athletic socks were very popular in the 70's,
often they had colored stripes around the top. The over the calf sock is the only socks I'll wear; come
to think of it, over the calf socks and Chuck Taylor's, my style of dress hasn't changed in over 30 years.  
                                                                                                                                             

For further proof of the popularity of the over the calf socks check the the uniforms of the typical
NBA player in 1977.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IF_F5FzZRY


Thanks for the info!
But what makes you think they're throwing horseshoes?

Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: loki 13 on 01/02/10 at 1:30 pm


Thanks for the info!
But what makes you think they're throwing horseshoes?


The distance between the two men seems consistant with a horeshoe pit and the stance of your Grandpa's brother
is consistant with an aiming stance prior to tossing the shoe. Though I really can't see a shoe or pegs in the ground
but that could be because of the grainy picture, which was common of the time. Whatever it is he is tosing it under-
handed, either that or he is just giving him the finger.  ;D

Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: whistledog on 01/02/10 at 2:59 pm

Actually, in that photo, it kind of looks like a confrontation.  The dude furthest away (at the sidewalk) looks as if to say "You haven't seen the last of me"

Or it could be his property, and he's pointing at the man in the foreground, yelling to him "Keep off my property you bloody bastard"


Dang, that photo is fun to caption ;D

Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: gumbypiz on 01/02/10 at 10:53 pm

Ankle high socks for men? Heck we had tube socks that (if you pulled enough) would go up over your head in the 1970's.

Almost every 8-14 yr old in shorts in the summer in my area had these god-awful tube socks with three/two strips (color matching the ugly running shorts if you were lucky) and emblazoned with an Adidas or Puma logo too...
http://histclo.com/imagef/fc/impndp/socktube01s.jpg

Scary... :D

And we used to make fun of the old guys with ankle high black socks (worn with sandles, no less!) too, what nerve we had to be making fun of anyone

Subject: Re: Ankle high socks for men?

Written By: MaxwellSmart on 01/05/10 at 7:39 pm


Ankle high socks for men? Heck we had tube socks that (if you pulled enough) would go up over your head in the 1970's.

Almost every 8-14 yr old in shorts in the summer in my area had these god-awful tube socks with three/two strips (color matching the ugly running shorts if you were lucky) and emblazoned with an Adidas or Puma logo too...
http://histclo.com/imagef/fc/impndp/socktube01s.jpg

Scary... :D

And we used to make fun of the old guys with ankle high black socks (worn with sandles, no less!) too, what nerve we had to be making fun of anyone


Hey, just throw a pair of Coke bottle glasses on that kid, and it could have been me!
http://www.inthe00s.com/smile/12/glasses9.gif

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