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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: Susan on 23rd August 2018 at 15:22

You are indeed correct Brian. I've already ordered a new plastic mac on eBay, which should arrive next week. As well as that, I have my eye on another plastic mac. If that bid is unsuccessful, I have a back-up option that I'll order later.

I agree Jeff and Ken, those prices are a bit steep. If it's any consolation, I paid over £80 for a much sought after plastic cape, some 10 plus years ago. Yes Brian, I am incorrigible.

Comment by: Jeff on 16th August 2018 at 11:23

Hi Ken, I agree, the total cost is extortionate. Long gone are the days when you could buy a plastic mac for 17s/6d. PVC-U-Like make a gent's plastic raincoat but they are about £50 plus the postage.

Comment by: Ken on 15th August 2018 at 20:16

Hi again Jeff found them Mac's but the postage is double the price of the Mac ridiculous

Comment by: Ken on 15th August 2018 at 19:14

Hi Jeff many thanks I will Google them they sound like paradise lost

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 14th August 2018 at 19:40

Thanks for the response, Jeff! I have 3 male Jeantex plastic macs, all dark blue, with a violet tinge, and a delightfully rubbery texture. When held to the light, they are slightly translucent.

I also have a lady's Jeantex mac, and this is indeed clear and natural. It is beautifully oversized too, ideal for outdoor use-and dating!

Soon be autumn, and the season for wearing nylon macs-and, oh dear, I will be ordering more-just like my friends Sue and Jean. We are incorrigible-and we just love it!

Comment by: Jeff on 14th August 2018 at 11:02

Hi Ken, they are really nice macs, I have 3 of the "Toni style" raincoats as well as a Jeantex "Frank style" hooded jacket and a Jeantex see-through poncho. Unfortunately, I suspect that Jeantex no longer make any see-through plastic rainwear although I may be wrong. However, there are similar items manufactured under the brand name "Pro-X Elements". Their styles are "Fred", which is a gent's raincoat, "Bess", which is a ladies raincoat and "Dublin" which is a unisex poncho. It seems that these items are only available from Germany and postage makes them quite expensive. Try googling "Jeantex Toni", you may be lucky. Also, try googling "Pro-x Elements Fred" or "Pro-x Elements Dublin". Hope this helps, Jeff.

Comment by: Ken on 13th August 2018 at 20:21

Hi Jeff may I ask you were did you buy your plastic Mac I would love one .

Comment by: Jeff on 13th August 2018 at 16:44

Hello Brian, glad to see that someone else enjoys wearing their Jeantex plastic mac. I wore mine a few times last week while on holiday in North Devon. Mine is natural, see-through plastic, you say that yours is slightly see-through. Is yours natural too ?

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 12th August 2018 at 22:04

I just keep buying them. I just love them. What shall I do?

Comment by: Beverley mr on 10th August 2018 at 20:11

great to get out in the rain today walk round to shops with nylon mackintosh on with rain pattering on my hood.

Comment by: Susan on 2nd August 2018 at 12:21

Thank you Old friend. You know how much I enjoy wearing them.

Comment by: Old friend on 1st August 2018 at 14:03

I have never seen a transparent plastic mac been worn better than Susan does its fantastic I challenge anyone to find a better one.

Comment by: Beverley mr on 29th July 2018 at 21:38


Comment by: Susan on 29th July 2018 at 08:12

One of my genuine plastic Pakamacs also says 'Made in Taiwan' on the inside label, Jeff. It's a style and quality that I remember buying in the 1970s. I haven't tried it on yet, it still has all the tags and is in it's, albeit battered, original bag. If my memory serves me well, I'll have to be careful when I put it on, because the buttonholes tore so very easily.

My other two genuine plastic Pakamacs say 'Made in China' on the inside label. They both have a fly-front, which I didn't recall from my younger days. I can only assume that they are a later manifestation and production moved to the Chinese mainland.

It surprises me that with the profusion of cheap plastic macs on offer these days, aimed primarily I believe at outdoor festival goers, that some enterprising Asian business hasn't started trading under the Pakamac logo.

Heavens, I have surprised myself, as all these macs were bought only this year, just how much I adore the feeling of wearing an actual GENUINE PLASTIC PAKAMAC.

Comment by: Beverley mr on 27th July 2018 at 21:33

sitting in garden nothing on but my sundress. sudden high wind thunder and rain. so in mackintosh on hood up. put car in and sun lounger away. sadly rain soon stopped. bit more later but not much.

Comment by: Brian Humphries on 26th July 2018 at 21:42

I keep being draw to my rubbery, plastic, slightly see-through Jeantex mac, which rolls up beautifully to Pakamac size. I wonder why.........?

Comment by: Beverley mr on 20th July 2018 at 21:30

Missed out tonight watching tv. looked out to see had been raining for sometime. Got into my plastic mackingtosh put hood up. hope to hear the rain pattering on my hood. only to find rain stopped. Was cool so had some time strolling in garden mackintosh on hood up. Bev

Comment by: Hugh on 20th July 2018 at 18:40

I have some twenty pac a macs. Two of which are Pakamacs, two from Chariot, a few others who's name escapes me, and four by Dunn &Co.

Comment by: Old friend on 20th July 2018 at 16:45

Susan your photos are fantastic the. transparent plastic macs are mind blowing.

Comment by: Jeff on 20th July 2018 at 14:24

Hello Susan, I have a pale blue translucent plastic mac, the label says it is a genuine Pakamac but made in Taiwan. Probably, production would have ceased in the Manchester/Chadderton by then and moved to countries where labour was cheaper.

Comment by: Beverley mr on 19th July 2018 at 15:58

Strangly my sightings of mackintosh wearing ladies seem to come in 2 3 in one day and always when least expected. Bev

Comment by: Susan on 19th July 2018 at 08:09

How many of us out there actually own genuine Pakamacs? I have four in total amongst my larger collection of plastic macs and nylon macs. Three are plastic macs and one is a nylon mac.

There is just something extra thrilling about wearing a genuine Pakamac. I know it's all in the mind because I have different plastic macs and nylon macs which I much prefer, but knowing that the mac I'm wearing is a Pakamac, adds so much more to the experience.

Comment by: Hugh on 18th July 2018 at 21:18

Try me on here first, Ken.

Comment by: Ken on 18th July 2018 at 17:00

Hi Hugh you are quite right but to see ladies wearing nylon macs is heartwarming hopefully it will continue leave your mobile number be good to chat with a Mac lover.

Comment by: Hugh on 16th July 2018 at 18:06

Well Ken my hopes aren't that high for the return of the mack but as long as we have people like you and me who still enjoy them and can share our thoughts and experiences, I will be quite happy.

Comment by: Ken on 14th July 2018 at 13:05

Hi. Hugh it was in Tesco superstore they came into the Cafe but not together hopefully macs will come back into fashion

Comment by: Hugh on 13th July 2018 at 01:17

And where might we see these magical women in in nylon mack's?

Comment by: K on 12th July 2018 at 08:50

Rain has come bringing a miracle couple of youngish women in nylon macs one green the other a beautiful shade of Maroon happy days

Comment by: Hugh on 8th July 2018 at 15:37

I think we are all in despair, Beverly, with this most awful weather. Thank heavens for our lightweight mackintoshes; they are bearable after dark when it's cooler.

Comment by: Beverley mr on 4th July 2018 at 09:31