Item #: 1089
Source: Picture Post. May 16, 1953
I am a 70 year old man, I have worn plastic macs for 10 year old. The first time I remember at ten my mum made me put on a pakamac, I felt an immediate stirring and cried and to this day I still love to wear one although you do tend to get strange looks when outside,
I’ve been spending a lot of lockdown time at home, looking through old copies of newspapers in the UK. I’m amazed to see the range of products Pakamac Ltd actually produced. Of course there are a lovely variety of raincoats and other coats, but also items like car covers, air beds, paddling pools, industrial sheeting. I was amazed to see that they also lent their name to a fridge.
I've just been reading how Pakamac Ltd were running a two day preview of their autumn rainwear at The Station Hotel in Aberdeen, for local retailers, on 19th and 20th June 1961. Presumably, they ran these all over the UK. Oh to have been a fly on the wall at one.
It makes me think just how long Pakamacs were around. The adverts go back to the 50s and I know from experience that they were still selling in Aberdeen in the 70s.
The trade announcement ran in the Aberdeen Evening Express on 16th June 1961.
Hi Susan it would be wonderful if someone was to put them pac a mac adds on to a DVD .
My information regarding the Pakamac films came from a newspaper archive of “The Stage and Television Today” from May 7 1959.
I wonder if the films survived?
I've just been reading about how Pakamac Ltd, in 1959, ran a national television campaign with 4 films (presumably adverts) running up to 7 times per day from 19th April that year for 10 weeks. Then, 15th to 27th June that year, was deemed to be Pakamac Fortnight when a special Pakamac Film would be shown.
How wonderful that must have been.
All is well. A knock on the door, first thing this morning, postie calls up, signs the item for me and leaves said item on the door step. No points for guessing what 'm wearing as I write.
You are probably right Susan, it has only been the one f its type recently on ebay. Navy blue, four buttons... the usual. I a large size.
P.s my new email is: email@example.com
I’d love to hear more about your new Pakamac, Hugh. I think it may have been the one I was going to bid on but couldn’t be around as the auction was ending.
sun is out but going to shop soon will be wearing my navy nylon MACKINTOSH.Time home now working and resting in MACKINTOSHES. firstname.lastname@example.org
Disappointed, this morning, with the Royal mail, whose driver chose to leave me a card, instructing me to go to the sorting office for the package which he should have left for me. He didn't even knock.
Anyway my latest ebay purchase, a navy blue nylon mackintosh, a Pakamac original, still in its packaging, will now have to be redelivered on Saturday. Thankfully, I have several other mackintoshes to keep me entertained'till the. Be nice to talk 'mackintosh' with any of you, and soon.
doing my house work this morning rustling in my navy blue nylon pakamac. email@example.com
I am spending morning wearing my pink plastic mackintosh it is very long and shiny. the belt is tight the hood is up. sun is out just taken some pix in garden with mackintosh on curtsy to all Beverly.
what is in word. plastic mac pakamac mackintosh all depends on what you called it when first loved it . myself just love the word mackintosh. would love to hear a woman say i wear a plastic mac or pakamac. or love rainwear. however if the same women said i love to wear my plastic mackintosh and hood i would melt. Bev.
Thank you Old Friend. Glad someone got my point. I, too, agree with you.
Hugh you are correct the word mackintosh is exciting far better than waterproof and when it's said by a lady is really is.
Thanks Hugh. Men's plastic Pakamacs are the same. People who know me will be aware that I've started buying men's plastic Pakamacs and like you say Hugh about nylon Pakamacs, some have pocket slits, some just pockets and some no pockets at all.
I just received delivery of a man's Quelrayn nylon mac and was delighted to see that it had pockets and a slit to reach inside the mac. It's an instant favourite.
Some do, Susan, others don't. Some even come without a pocket, just the opening and the outline of the pocket.
I have all the above!
Hi Susan I had one years ago from Army and Navy stores think the make was Empire but don't qout me.
Did men’s nylon Pakamacs have those pocket slits giving access inside to trouser pockets, like the plastic Pakamacs did? I’ve not noticed any on men’s nylon macs before.
Please don't be upset, but I so prefer the word Pakamac, for that was what I was brought up with, Pakamac plastic rainwear that is, and so would use the word Pakamac,or even mac, or raincoat, sorry.
I do, of course, have my tongue firmly in my cheeck when ask if you will join me in a movement to restore the use of the word 'mackintosh', when referring to any form of rainwear. I lament the loss of its use. I am not referring to Mackintosh the brand (with the upper case 'M') but rather, mackintosh' as a generic term for rainwear.
Or is it me that is obsessed with the word?
Hi Susan your macs on social media and are fantastic.
Susan, you are famous, and so you should be.
There's a ladies red 1960s Pakamac raincoat currently on sale on eBay that caught my attention because of the internal label. The coat is a "miss pakamac" raincoat. I didn't realise Pakamac used that label, a surprise to me because I use "miss pakamac" for my username for my Flickr account.
just got a lovely pink ankle length plastic mackintosh from e bay love it have on in the house every morning just do not want to take it off.
There are very few "mackintosh" wearers because there are very few manufacturers in business. I know of only about 3 in the UK such as Weathervain and Hamilton Classics and one other whose name escapes me.
So instead there are these people who wear thigh length, if you are lucky, garments so there are folks who have a "Wet Knee" fetish.
And I do not understand wet knees. LOL.
I don’t think that traditional nylon macs are available anymore, Frank. Apart from used ones on eBay and maybe the occasional unworn one, we may have witnessed the end of these lovely garments.
Just been out walking the dogs this morning in the rain so I wore my nylon rainmac. I was a bit disappointed that it had a slight leak on one of the seems. However, having just treated the mac with a waterproofing spray I am amazed with the results.....the mac is crisp again and with a silky finish !!!!
Excellent post by Susan but who in the UK sells nylon Macs these days
I have always said that a thin nylon pakamac can keep you warm Beverley. I know from experience of wearing them in all weathers, especially through the autumn, winter and spring. Maybe if they are older and have lost all proofing do they become less wind proof and sodden in heavy rain. Maybe it’s the lovely warm glow that I feel inside when I’m wearing one. I wouldn’t go out in anything else other than, of course, a plastic one.