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Year: 1953         Item #: 1089         Views: 244,211         Comments: 1,453


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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"...

1453 user comment(s) below:-

Comments by Brian Humphries on 10th June 2015 

I think I know what see-through plastic jackets Susan has written about. Sue, I do hope you will purchase one (more than one, perhaps!), wear it and post it on Flickr, as you would model it superbly-as you do all waterproof items.
I would love to buy you an SBR rubber mac......

Comments by Jeff on 7th June 2015  

Hello Jane, what a great pleasure to chat with you; did you say you were one of the ladies on the Noel Edmunds show wearing your floral macs ? Yes, walking around Saddleworth in my plastic mac certainly burns off the calories but they are soon regained after a few pints of real ale in the excellent pubs in the area. Looking forward to walking around Blackpool in October, hope it rains. Regards, Jeff.

Comments by Jane Maxfield on 5th June 2015  

Hi Jeff its been a long time but i have done a saddleworth walk you can burn a lot of calories walking in a plastic mac

Comments by Frank Barnard on 4th June 2015  

Hi Susan yes I seen a few pity they were not the long macs still its a start

Comments by Jeff on 4th June 2015  

Hello Susan, I was in the Saddleworth area last Friday for the Whit Friday walks. As it was raining I was wearing my see-through Jeantex Toni plastic mac. I saw four ladies wearing see-through plastic jackets, one with a white lace design (would that be Top Shop ?), another had a gold shimmer to it and the other two ladies had semi-see-through natural jackets which I think may have been from Primark. I also saw another young lady keeping dry by wearing a long see-through plastic mac with a drawstring hood. As well as enjoying myself wearing my own plastic mac, some really good sightings.

Comments by Susan on 3rd June 2015

Has anyone else noticed the short see-thru plastic jackets that seem to have gained a degree of popularity with younger women? I've seen a few on ebay but I've been surprised to see them being worn by women out shopping too, in different parts of the UK. They are reminiscent of a style popular in the late 70s, not some horrid manifestation of a plastic poncho. I'd wear one myself.

Comments by ColinPorter on 1st June 2015  

Hi Frank - so you know where to go for a holiday next time.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 30th May 2015  

Hi Colin thanks but I like to see the real Mccoy

Comments by Colin Porter on 27th May 2015  

Hi Frank.

Not been there but there's loads of photos of attractive women in rainwear in Japan, Korea, Vietnam and Thailand on the internet if you hunt for them.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 26th May 2015  

Hi Colin have you been and what country did you go to i just might vist

Comments by Colin Porter on 25th May 2015 

Don't go to the Orient during their rainy season Frank or your eyeballs will explode.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 22nd May 2015  

Hi I just have come back from a trip to Europe I seen quite a few ladies wearing PVC macs but back in the UK very rare.

Comments by Ken on 21st May 2015  

Hi I do not care why who or for what reason men wear plastic macs just let see some women wearing them

Comments by Colin Porter on 18th May 2015 

The situation re plastic macs has come about through the press, films and comedians all giving them a negative image and dragging them through the mire in doing so.
The Sunday press were delighted to adopt a high moral stance in reporting upon parties where the participants wore items of plastic or rubber for sex.
Films, including British television were inclined to use plastic mac wearing as a means of depicting someone who was a bit feeble either mentally or physically and some comedians also used the idea for a cheap smutty laugh and of course, there were the flashers who were known as the 'dirty mac brigade'.

Comments by Pacamac on 15th May 2015  

Referencing comments by Mr.E.J.Forbes on 30th April 2015

How can anyone think this about Pakamacs:

"I think they went out of fashion because dirty old men wore them, to carry out dirty things in public also they were thought to be part of a gay persons attire."

I am retired now and still love my plastic raincoats, and other plastic things dearly,I am ceetainly not Gay, nor are any of my friends who also like wearing plastic things, all married and all with children. The comment is abject nonsense and cannot be considered as any sort of truth.

I love my Pakamacs to this day, and I also love my wife, just as others who love plastic rainwear love their wives and girlfriends. So just ignore the original remark, it's just not worth wasting time on.

Comments by Susan on 14th May 2015

Of course wearing a Pakamac is nothing to do with being gay or being a dirty old man. Yes, some men can be described as dirty old men, but the wearing of a plastic mac is just something else some of them like.

I know for a fact though that some people in the same community I am in, love to wear a plastic mac as a visual expression of being sissy.

Comments by Billy on 13th May 2015  

hi men wearing pac a macs have always been seen as sicies not gay unless the mac was pink

Comments by Roy on 12th May 2015  

Hello everyone , it's been interesting reading the comments about plastic macs being associated with Gay people and Dirty old men. I don't know where or how this connection came about , but I disagree with it completely. A person should no matter who they are be able to wear what they like without fear of being persecuted or ridiculed. As I wrote back in December 28th 2014 , I wear a plastic rain hood when I go out in wet weather , but that does not mean I am gay or anything else for that matter. It just means that it happens to be the most practical and effective headwear to put on when out in the rain. I firmly believe in LIVE AND LET LIVE.

Comments by Chad on 11th May 2015  

Hello Susan
I wasn't quite sure what you meant in your comment, but thought it could be taken either way....So I decided you were actually being nice so I wasn't aiming what I wrote at your comment.....I think you are right about Plastic Macs ending up being ridiculed a bit by comedians and so on, but have to say I have never seen the gay tag attached to it.
I do have concerns when people try to pass off being gay as something dirty, or a lifestyle choice etc etc or equating a plastic Mac with a gay persons attire. If a person didn't want to wear one because they thought it made them look gay, then that is a bit of a worry.....These attitudes may be a thing of the past, but a piece of history that led to Bashing, teen suicide and even murder.
For me Plastic Macs and Nylon raincoats go right back in my memories to before I went to school..Having it indented in my mind like that I have always enjoyed looking at all the comments and opinions on this page....I find it really sad seeing somebody equating Pakamacs with flashers and then deciding to right off the GLBT community in the next breath.
Am I over reacting??? Could be,but I felt I had to say something.

Comments by Susan on 11th May 2015

I hope my comment was not misunderstood. I would LOVE to be identified as gay because I wear a pakamac. I took the comment by Mr Forbes as one about views held in the distant past and I think very relevant to this forum. Such views wouldn't have helped the popularity of pakamacs. That and the old men tag probably explained why my generation started to shun the lovely garment.
The wearing of a plastic mac is definitely not related to anyone like me in the LGBT community, nor does it label anyone outside that persuasion.

Comments by Chad on 8th May 2015  

Really, REALLY!!
A major strike for equality here!!....What does it matter if gay people, or whoever wore them..You think wearing a mac would make a person look gay or not....Great comment, nice to see people think like this in 2015....This page m has Straight people, gay people bi and trans gender contributing...Stick to the topic and leave out the minority groups please.It just makes you look like a bigot.

Comments by Ken on 8th May 2015  

Hi I never heard that they were gay men macs I have always worn one been married since my teens may be John Wayne and the like would not wear one but thousands of men just wear them to keep the rain off

Comments by pac a mac fan on 7th May 2015  

Hi yes them old macs did split very easy but they were wonderfull.

Comments by Susan on 7th May 2015

That's interesting your remark Mr Forbes, about pakamacs being associated with gay people. I have not heard that before, yes the dirty old men but not gays. I like the association though.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 5th May 2015  

Hi Mr Forbes do you and your wife still wear plastic macs and were you in the RAF

Comments by Mr.E.J.Forbes on 30th April 2015  

When I was young my mother took me into woolworths stores, she took me over to where the plastic macs were stored usually on long metal racks, the womens and young ladies were normally very bright blues and whites etc, where as the mens and boys. were very drab usually black grey or a horrible brown colour, mens and boys didnt have hoods, as they were women only.
My mother put a long length pvc mac against me it was bright blue, it had a large hood and two pockets that I could get into my trousers through the plastic pockets you were advised not to put your hands in the pockets because they tended to split easily.
At this time I was going fishing quite alot, so I saved up and bought a pvc walking suit to keep me warm and dry, but no hood as it had a label stating it was for men, and had a man smoking a pipe to prove it, later in 1967 I was out shopping with my new wife when it started to rain heavily, we dashed into a small shop, and bought a Pakamac for me and a packmac for my wife, they didnt feel very comfortable very rough,I think they went out of fashion because dirty old men wore them, to carry out dirty things in public also they were thought to be part of a gay persons attire.

Comments by Steve on 27th April 2015 

Hello all you Pakamac enthusiasts, can anyone explain why my previous comment are not appearing here, it is strange.


Comments by Pac a mac fan on 25th April 2015  

When its raining cats and dogs women go out in Y shirts last weeks warm weather quite a few had macs on crazy or what

Comments by Frank Barnard on 21st April 2015  

Hi were are all the pac a mac lovers gone even the ones who pretend to be.

Comments by Cole Porter on 7th April 2015  

Hi pac a mac fan.

Just so there's no confusion for anyone else, Rainwear-bound on Yahoo is free, so is book number one 'Apprentices in Rainwear' free on my blackpool-frog website.

However, the books have taken me eighteen years to write and paint the cover pictures so I hope you'll appreciate why they're not free.

Comments by pac a mac fan on 4th April 2015  

Hi Cole I see your site is not free

Comments by Cole C Porter on 2nd April 2015 

Hi Ken.

I set up a yahoo group called Rainwear-bound several years ago because someone wanted a group, although it covers a wider subject than merely pacamacs which would be very limited if you kept only to that one brand.

It's still up and running, and if you want rainwear stories try

Comments by Ken on 31st March 2015  

Hi it would be good if someone would start a pac a mac club

Comments by Frank Barnard on 28th March 2015  

Hi Agnes do not worry I will not bother

Comments by Agnes on 27th March 2015  

hi Frank if joined a few of us would leave

Comments by Frank Barnard on 27th March 2015  

Hi I think somebody did try but it went quite.

Comments by Jane Maxfield on 26th March 2015  

Hi Frank because no one ever asked well not for a very long time and we only like floral macs why do you not start a mixed one yourself then you never know who might turn up

Comments by Frank Barnard on 24th March 2015  

Hi Jane why not let males join your group

Comments by Colin Porter on 19th March 2015  

I saw a video clip of a woman launching a USA navy ship during WW11 whilst wearing a plastic mac.

Comments by Ken on 19th March 2015  

Hi who cares were they came from lets hope they make a comeback ASP

Comments by Frank Barnard on 18th March 2015  

Hi Jane I think they are much older probably came from America

Comments by Jane Maxfield on 18th March 2015  

Hi does any body know when the plastic mac first came out I had one in the late fifties as a school girl was it British made the first macs.

Comments by BEVERLEY MR on 13th March 2015 

hi di hi thurs peggy in white pakamc with rain bonnet

Comments by BEVERLEY MR on 10th March 2015 

on monday hi di high programe. very brief but about half way through girl in pink pakamac

Comments by Frank Barnard on 10th March 2015  

hi Agnes yes i know any ladies do have a plastic mac are over sixty and beyond but were are they I never seen any

Comments by Agnes on 4th March 2015  

Frank lots of women have plastic macs most are over sixty the younger women want the latest fashion .

Comments by Jane Maxfield on 28th February 2015  

Hi Frank Barnard you are wrong my friends and myself have plastic macs what do you expect someone to call in a mac wake up and smell the coffee

Comments by Gareth on 27th February 2015 

Hi does anybody in Canada read this blog in Tronto there used to be a shop under a hotel near the CN tower that sold just plastic and pvc macs must be some mac fans there lets hear from you.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 25th February 2015 

Realising that Susie now lives in Spain, I have to agree with Frank.

Comments by Frank Barnard on 25th February 2015  

Hi women wearing plastic macs in the UK Brian there is more chance of seeing the Dodo