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Pakamac
Pakamac
Year: 1953
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Item #: 1089
everyone needs a Pakamac. Gents models from 17/6 - Ladies models from 10/6 ...but make sure it is a Pakamac. The original "Raincoat in your pocket"...
Source: Picture Post. May 16, 1953

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 3rd December 2009 at 20:09

Those collars with the lovely rounded corners...the rubbery buttons with the plastic vinyl stretched over them...the fabulously reinforced buttonholes and pocket openings...the tag inside the collar with the Pakamac logo... you knew, you simply knew that there was no way of being more excitingly waterproofed.

Comment by: sam146 on 2nd December 2009 at 12:11

I was so disappointed when Pakamacs became matt and non-transparent, around 1980/81 I think. Nothing compared with the traditional see-through smokey grey and smooth PVC of the glory days of the 1950s and 1960s. And those lovely big, rubbery buttons too. Wet days were bliss.

Comment by: 70smaclover on 1st December 2009 at 21:19

I really liked the pacamac style raincoats, but can anybody tell me if they were shiny in the 60s / 70s, or just matt plastic macs ?

Comment by: Sam146 on 1st December 2009 at 16:32

Wet days were a great joy in my schooldays, seeing so many people clad in their plastic macs, though very frustrating too as my parents obstinately did not buy me a Pakamac then. I agree that they were suprior to other makes of plastic mac. I finally bought my first Pakamac as a student. The wait was worthwhile as I loved the sensual pleasures of watching the raindrops trickle down the front of the mac and listening to the drumming of the rain and the swishing sound as one walked down the street with hands in the pockets to maximise the feel of the soft plastic. It was always a delight to see someone else also wearing a Pakamac, the most alluring being those that were somewhat oversized for the wearer. My dream Pakamac was one that had a hood (which was only for girls' plastic macs back then) and which came all the way down to the ground and had long sleeves that extended beyond my fingers. Thanks to Ebay, I finally fulfilled that dream and now love the downpours more than ever.

Comment by: Merv on 30th November 2009 at 16:50

Oh the joy of the original pakamac. Have always loved wearing such an item and love seeing other guys wearing them as well. Takes me back to schooldays when they were so popular and we all wore them to keep the rain off. Such a shame they died out and are so very hard to find now.

Comment by: Kelvin Swann on 24th November 2009 at 16:54

AAhh! I remember them well.Pakamacs were the most expensive plastic raincoats on the high street. With welded seams and rubbery buttons they could be worn year after year. Pakamacs made a welcome come-back in the UK in 1978 in the Dorothy Perkins fashion outlet. I bought my girlfriend a lovely pink Pakamac from Dorothy's and had lots of fun. The sales girl even told us that a young man bought a ladies Pakamac yesterday........Large size! they were common on the streets 1978-1981. Plastic raincoats from Woolworth's with the Winfield label were rubbish as were many other labels.. They had an embossed texture on them and although they rustled better they were not as smooth and tactile as the genuine Pakamac. The Pakamac factory was in Chadderton in Lancashire but the many years of semi-drought in the UK durung the early 1970's brought about their demise. They ceased trading and were re-located in S Africa but there the thread goes dry (sic). When I was a teeneager, I thought I was unique with my fetish. I am slightly disapointed that there are thousands worldwide with similar interests. There is however an undesireable property of the Pakamac (or any other plastic mac) in that the wearer of the mac perspires and the inside of the mac gets a coating of sweat which I do not enjoy. But there is hope! See through rainwear is making a come-back again but at a much higher price. Yoox and Burberry are marketing new see-through rainwear that has a micro-porous property and allows perspiratin to escape from the mac. Goretex does the same but it's like loving a girl wearing a tarpauline. .......'orrible. Sooner or later the price will come down and the wearing of Pakamac type rainwear will become fashionable again and we can wear them in the street or around the house/bedroom wthout the uncomfortable stickyness. Kind regards Kelvin

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 20th November 2009 at 21:55

I love rolling up plastic Pakamacs. Spreading the see-through mac out on the bed or other flat surface, folding the mac up neatly, hearing the air hiss out as the mac rolls up smaller and smaller-getting more and more and more excited that such a lovely mackintosh can be rolled up so small-getting so excited that I unroll it and wear it again! The joys of plastic macs are absolutely limitless......

Comment by: Colin Porter on 9th November 2009 at 21:21

The demise of Pakamac and Woolworth's with their one time plastic macs was a great pity. Somehow a woman wearing a plastic mac only because it is raining is sexier than a model exageratedly posing to be deliberately provocative. I've loved plastic macs for about 50 years,frequently take one with me wherever I go and have had much fun writing stories/painting pictures on the subject.

Comment by: beverley on 5th November 2009 at 16:42

in 1954 a girl in my class by name of sonia came to school wearing a cape type see thru pakamac i was only 11 but i was hooked on rainwear ever since now 66 such a shame macs have almost gone from our streets

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 6th October 2009 at 20:10

AN IMAGINARY IMPOSITION FROM SCHOOLDAYS:

I must not wear other boy's plastic macs.
I must not wear other boy's plastic macs.
I must not wear other boy's plastic macs.
I must not wear other boy's plastic macs.
I must not wear other boy's plastic macs.
i must not wear other boy's plastic macs.......
x 1000!!!

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 3rd October 2009 at 21:41

Yes, LOVE your Pakamacs, whether they are plastic, nylon or rubber. But also love the people who wear them. In my forty years plus of rainwear enthusiasm, I have made some fabulous contacts, both male and female, mac-retailers and mac-wearers. As I have said before, it is so encouraging to see so many people interested in Pakamacs. For example, I am indebted to Patricia Smith for arousing my interest in nylon mackintoshes once again. They can be worn and enjoyed in dry weather as well as wet weather and are, of course, more breathable than are plastic or rubber macs. They swish, rustle, swell, deflate and pulsate into ever changing folds, moving with the body so beautifully. They are really beautiful macs

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 30th September 2009 at 22:00

At primary school, I had always loved girls in their semi-transparent, see-through, plastic mackintoshes, in pale colours-pale blue, pale pink, yellow and so on. But imagine my ecstasy when grey-black see-through macs appeared-FOR BOYS!!!! And many of them bore the wonderful name we are celebrating on this website-PAKAMAC!!! I fell in love with them straightaway, and my present wardrobes of male see-through plastic macs have always been central to my rainwear enthusiasm. Or should I say fetishism or even perversion? I am wearing a lightweight nylon mackintosh whilst typing this and it just will not stop swishing and rustling-I feel about to EXPLODE!!!!!
LOVE YOUR PAKAMACS.........

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 18th September 2009 at 16:12

My new mackintosh arrived today-a lovely navy blue plastic mac in the best Pakamac style and traditions. I am wearing it at this very moment, and I am all blown up with excitement, the type of excitement which only rainwear lovers can appreciate. This will be a lovely mac to wear on my visits to our rubber/rainwear shop, to impress the lovely girl assistants, one of whom can be quite raunchy! I am always hoping she will lock the door, put on of the baby-pant see-through macs they have in stock, and let things proceed logicallly to their conclusion!
LOVE AND ENJOY YOUR PAKAMACS.........

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 14th September 2009 at 21:58

Lovely to see so many people interested in plastic macs(=Pakamacs. And I have more wonderful news-I have just ordered another one-male, navy blue, rubbery-just the way I like them. I AM ALL PUFFED UP WITH EXCITEMENT!!! My message to all of you is to LOVE YOUR PAKAMACS whether nylon, plastic or rubber, and don't just wear them in the rain!! LOVE THEM AND ENJOY THEM!!!

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 12th September 2009 at 21:22

One of my many Pakamacs is a navy nylon mac with a rubbery PU lining. Yesterday I visited our local rubber/plastic fashion shop. I wore my nylon mac, all buttoned up, on going in. My mac made me quite hot inside, but I didn't mind. Whilst choosing my purchases, I swished and pulsated my rubbery mac, and my mac puffed up beautifully. As I handed my garments to the girl assistant, I felt as good as I looked. A pleasant afternoon's diversion(and yet another pair of plastic pants to my collection!) Yes, nylon Pakamacs can be as exciting as plastic Pakamacs. It is so beautifully exciting to be a rainwear enthusiast!

Comment by: Patricia Smith on 12th September 2009 at 08:57

My son still wears a navy blue pacamac, below the knee, traditional style. Keeps him dry whenever it rains

Comment by: seethrumac on 9th September 2009 at 22:06

hoe I love wearing plastic macs,I still have 2 gents Pakamacs which I wear often and would love likeminded folk to share them with me!

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 28th April 2009 at 22:17

I would stand transfixed, looking at all those plastic Pakamacs, in metal stands, all neatly rolled up in those shiny yellow-and-blue plastic bags. Girl's plastic Pakamacs were included with the boy's. The grey-black plastic macs were just visible through the small clear windows in the bags. When the macs were unrolled, they were as see-through as baby-pants. Lovely macs, waiting to be wet with rain, waiting to excite the wearer, waiting to be LOVED...

Comment by: Alan B on 17th April 2009 at 23:47

Until I found this site I thought I was the only boy to enjoy wearing a pakamac. Not so! I would love to wear a black transparent pvc/plastic mac even now. Also are there any women out there willing to shake me?!!

Comment by: Alan B on 17th April 2009 at 19:05

when I was a boy of 10 in the mid 60s, I loved wearing my black see through plastic mac.I would go to my bedroom "to read", but it was an excuse to wear my mac in private. If I ever played out in it, I used to ask one girls down the street to give me a good, hard shake! Dont know why even now,but I loved to be shook violently in my plastic mac, and she always obliged. I also shook my mac dry after a shower, but I was always still wearing it! I wish I coild get hold of a plastic mac now in a local shop.

Comment by: MARTIN HUMPHRIES on 17th April 2009 at 16:28

Pakamacs are simply lovely, and it is always a pleasure to write about them-indeed, I could write books about them and people who wear them. Although I am a fully committed rainwear enthusiast, enjoying nylons and rubber macs too, it is always the basic grey-black, semi-transparent, unisex, lightweight, roll-up plastic vinyl mackintosh that is so central to my enjoyment. and I wear them more than any other rainwear item. How about forming a Pakamac Society?

Comment by: merv on 17th January 2009 at 13:26

great shame these are no longer made, they are a pleasure to wear both outside in the rain or inside for a bit of fun

Comment by: des wood on 2nd January 2009 at 21:35

I still love wearing my pakamac,i have one that is like new which I only wear now and then,i would be lovely to walk in the rain with like minded folk wearing our plastic raincoats!

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 27th November 2008 at 22:27

Within the last few minutes I have bought, on-line, yet another plastic Pakamac, lady's see-through, sky-blue. I am just out of my mind with love of plastic macs!!!

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 13th November 2008 at 23:13

There was nothing like wearing see-through plastic Pakamacs at school on wet days. We boys were simply blown up with pleasure and excitement by these beautiful macs, especially when we rolled them up and smuggled them into our bedrooms!! More to follow....

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 24th September 2008 at 21:20

Plastic Pakamacs are more than a convenlent way of waterproofing the wearer-they are even more than beautiful and exciting garments to wear-they provide a wonderful way of ENJOYING rainy weather!!

Comment by: sammy on 24th September 2008 at 12:38

there is no better sight than a mture lady or gent wearing their original plastic macs.
i still wear one of mine as often as possible
sammy

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 30th August 2008 at 16:12

To a rainwear enthusiast, "Pakamac" is almost the sexiest word in the English language, surpassed only by the two words, "Plastic Pakamac". Let's have more waterproof "cameo2 remarks in this space, and let's try to get these macs in production again!! Who knows!!

Comment by: Jim Sullivan on 7th July 2008 at 08:34

Nothing like them they started my interest in Rainwear in my teens in the 50's

Comment by: BRIAN HUMPHRIES on 19th June 2008 at 22:47

These lovely grey-black see-through macs started my mac enthusiasm in the fifties-and I have never looked back!!