L.L Bean – Hunting Gear from 1941

LL Bean 1941 style. Looks a bit like a Liverpool fan in the 80s!
LL Bean 1941 style. Looks a bit like a Liverpool fan in the 80s!

Whatever you think of the mumsy style of LL Bean these days and the self-butchering of their own heritage, once upon a time it was about as hard core as you could get if you wanted a spot of upland hunting.

This photo series appeared in LIFE magazine in 1941. Some elements are still available in pretty much the same styles. Duck hunting boots of course – from early 1900s functional to 1980s Parisian BCBG Yuppies and back.

LL Bean 1941 Canadienne
LL Bean 1941 "Canadienne"

LL Bean Famous Duck Hunting Boots
LL Bean Famous Duck Hunting Boots
LL Bean Duck Boots - Tastier When Hung For A Week?
LL Bean Duck Boots - Tastier When Hung For A Week?
LL Bean Wicked Good Hut Slippers
The Original LL Bean Wicked Good Hut Slippers?
LL Bean Field Coat 1941. So Thats What The Sleeve Pockets For?
LL Bean Field Coat 1941. So That's What The Sleeve Pocket's For?
Presumably Worn as Camoflauge to Confuse the Ducks Amongst All The Other Check Wearing Hunters!
Presumably Worn as Camoflauge to Confuse the Ducks Amongst All The Other Check Wearing Hunters!
LL Beans Former HQ Above the Freeport Maine Post Office
LL Bean's Former HQ Above the Freeport Maine Post Office

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