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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"...

1345 user comment(s) below:-

Comments by Brian Humphries on 2nd December 2017  

Pakamac may be gone, unfortunately, but the tradition is kept going by "Stay Dry", "PVC-U-Like", and one or two others. One good thing about Pakamac is that they kept their prices very reasonable even though they were leaders in their particular field, and their successors have followed suit. Nor have they sacrificed quality-just try the PEVA macs of Stay Dry!

Comments by Brian Humphries on 2nd December 2017  

A lovely contribution,John, congratulations and thanks very much. Like me, your enthusiasm was sparked by school rainwear.

Although plastic macs were allowed as part of our school uniform, they had to be grey, grey-black, or black, to harmonise with the navy blue basic uniform. Because the girls preferred the more colourful macs, which were frowned upon, it followed that far more boys wore the standard plastic Pakamacs than girls.

However, a few girls did have their own way, and I recall a beautiful see-through mac in a vivid emerald green, well worn.
The colour was particularly striking, and was only equalled when Pakamac brought out their new range in 1977. They then referred to this colour as "jade".

So, there is another piece of waterproof trivia, and there will be more to come. In the meantime, I will keep searching for those cherished gems from Chadderton.......

Comments by John on 29th November 2017  

Hi new member here .I have just discovered the site and have very much enjoyed reading all the comments with interest bringing back old memories of when I was taken to get fitted for school rainwear or my sisters .In west London where I lived there were two shops that specialised in school uniforms one for boys and gents and the other for girls and both fully stocked pakamac plastic and nylon raincoats which were compulsory then at most schools in the area.So usually about once a year you were taken to get fitted, usually for a gabardine raincoat and a pakamac to fit over the top ,then you were fully measured for both so you got the correct fitting .Both the shops used to carry a very extensive range. Now long gone.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 27th November 2017  

An excellent contribution from Plasticjiffymac, outlining the agonies and ecstasies of waterproof enthusiasm. More and more I am going back to those early days of boy's plastic macs, and how I was so obsessed with them. At school, on wet days, I could hardly concentrate on lessons, knowing so many of them were hanging in the cloakroom, drying so beautifully.

As I have previously implied, I hav9e no doubt at all on the veracity of Stories website. We waterproof enthusiasts must stick together and share as many experiences as possible. Maybe sharing macs too-a lovely thought. Jeff has mentioned the possibility of displaying my items in a museum-again a wonderfully creative idea.

My great friend/contact/near-partner, Susan, has not only marvellous wardrobes of plastic and nylon macs, but also a wonderfully comprehensive knowledge of such items. It would not surprise me at all if the Stories website did not belong to her. She has some great male plastic Pakamacs too. And, Sue, if you are reading this, please let me have your phone number once more. I accidentally deleted it, hence my not being in touch.

Despite the wonderful convenience of Pakamacs, I have my eyes on an olive green heavy latex rubber mac, from Weathervain, and this may be my next purchase...food for thought...a rubber mac...rubber mac...

Comments by Brian Humphries on 26th November 2017  

The comments are good, but the macs themselves would be even better. I will not rest until I have acquired a genuine, grey-black, see-through, late 50s/early 60s plastic Pakamac, from the original Chadderton factory. There must still be a few around somewhere.

Comments by Friend on 26th November 2017  

On Facebook totally sixties there is a post about remembering bering plastic macs some interesting comments

Comments by Brian Humphries on 22nd November 2017  

Susan and Plastic Pakamac/Stories, real professionals! And no, I haven't read any of your material, Plastic Pakamac, but when my e-mails are sorted out, I will be investigating your resources further.

Comments by Susan on 22nd November 2017   http://www.plasticmacs.com/

Just caught up with the latest updates. Fascinating and I'm interested in contacting Pakamac. I am not associated with his work but as you imagine, very interested.
I'll contact you again Brian, so we can continue our lovely chats.

Comments by Plastic Pakamac on 17th November 2017  pakamac@mail.com 

Hello Brian, , I am the sole author of the works you mention, they have never been distributed anywhere so I would rather like to know how you came to read them, especially as I have only allowed MP3 files to be listened to by a couple of very close contacts.
It is possible though, that a few rather badly written stories of mine were seen on my old yahoo website, now defunct for some time. It is possible, who know with the internet?

My more recent works have been produced over the past eight years now, and a great deal of effort in recording them as audio books, in as a professional a way as possible, has gone into my self set task, eight full chapters in all, each lasting thirty to fifty minutes.
But anyway, this first of my books is based on my very real history, it is not fiction, and if you really would like to hear the whole of the first book, of which there are many, all you have to do is to send an email using a proper email address to pakamac@mail.com. And I will then point you to where I have stored the files.
I do hope that anyone who hears them will leave criticism of my work, for it is quite hard doing such a thing without a mentor.
Again, if you would like to contact me, please use pakamac@mail.com.

Oh, and I have been using the name Pakamac ever since the internet really got going in the early eighties, so that must give you some notion of my age...
I Look forwards to reading some comments.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 16th November 2017  

An excellent contribution from Plasticjiffymac, outlining the agonies and ecstasies of waterproof enthusiasm. More and more I am going back to those early days of boy's plastic macs, and how I was so obsessed with them. At school, on wet days, I could hardly concentrate on lessons, knowing so many of them were hanging in the cloakroom, drying so beautifully.

As I have previously implied, I hav9e no doubt at all on the veracity of Stories website. We waterproof enthusiasts must stick together and share as many experiences as possible. Maybe sharing macs too-a lovely thought. Jeff has mentioned the possibility of displaying my items in a museum-again a wonderfully creative idea.

My great friend/contact/near-partner, Susan, has not only marvellous wardrobes of plastic and nylon macs, but also a wonderfully comprehensive knowledge of such items. It would not surprise me at all if the Stories website did not belong to her. She has some great male plastic Pakamacs too. And, Sue, if you are reading this, please let me have your phone number once more. I accidentally deleted it, hence my not being in touch.

Despite the wonderful convenience of Pakamacs, I have my eyes on an olive green heavy latex rubber mac, from Weathervain, and this may be my next purchase...food for thought...a rubber mac...rubber mac...

Comments by plasticjiffymac on 15th November 2017  plasticjiffymac@gmail.com 

I too tried the address from my gmail account and was so pleased I did.

The link does not provide direct access to the stories, you need more information before you can can do that, a real email address, to protect the writer from some rather less than honest people.

But the stories really do reflect such feelings about Pakamac rainwear, especially a poor lads coming to terms with such a thing, as well as the tragedy that enfolds.

I just went to the web address given and having provided a contact email was sent the whole book of the first series, in audio form, MP3s, an excellent work, and there is nothing suspiciouse about it at all.

Perhaps you did something wrong, so maybe you should just keep on trying.

Hope this helps. plasticjiffymac@gmail.com

Comments by Worried on 15th November 2017  

I tried emailing stories it fails I think it is suspicious

Comments by Brian Humphries on 15th November 2017  

"Stories", your comment is irresistible, and when I am in full command of my entire computer resources once more, I will take you up on your offer. But I have a feeling I know you already..........

Comments by Brian Humphries on 10th November 2017  

"Stories", your comment is irresistible, and when I am in full command of my entire computer resources once more, I will take you up on your offer. But I have a feeling I know you already..........

Comments by Stories on 9th November 2017  pakamac@mail.com 

In the past there used to be many comments here about proper Pakamac plastic rainwear, and I thought that some of you may like to know, that over some years now, I have written and recorded several episodes, books and audio files on that subject...
So if any of your would like to know more, please contact me at pakamac@mail.com.
I promise this is not spam or anything, and I would love to share my thoughts about such things.
Pakamac.

Comments by Jeff on 1st November 2017  

Hi Brian, Have you ever thought of opening a museum where you could exhibit your huge collection of macs ? I would be a regular visitor. Entry restricted to mackintoshed visitors only, of course.

Comments by Brian Humphries on 30th October 2017  

Kendal are certainly "in the news"! I have fond memories of our Birmingham Bull Ring branch, and I still have all those see-through jelly jackets. Some were made by Kendal themslves, whilst the rest were manufactured by Pakamac, albeit when fashioned in Taiwan.
Mention of Kendal makes me remember other retail outlets which I used regularly in the 1980s-Faiman, Richards, Etam, to name but a few. And then there was the late, great C & A, with their wonderful ranges at such reasonable prices. I bought my Adrina nylon mac from there, one of my most prized items. I could write a book about this pakamac alone-another "waterproof love story" yet to come. Watch this space!
And, yes, Gareth, I have retained all my items, which currently number 950+. The reason for this large tally is down to Susie Boult, of the former Plastique Unique. She maintains she had 1500 items, and if she can do it, so can I! Susie is one of my waterproof mentors, and her Galleries on the Plastique Unique website are an inspiration to us all. They are also proof that there are genuine female rainwear enthusiasts, they just need tracking down.

Comments by Chris on 27th October 2017  

Hi Jeff I did buy the macs from. KENDAL remeber my wife saying it was a good make and they felt quality and very exciting the plastic was a transparent and one had like a print on it if I remember correctly think the shop was called the Rubber Shop such a long time ago sadly regards

Comments by Jeff on 23rd October 2017  

If it's the same Kendal that had a shop in Pontypridd in the late 1970's then I certainly remember them and the lovely see-through plastic poncho that I bought there; I still have it today although it's gone yellowy.

Hi Chris, thanks for your comment on my macs. Any chance of some details of the plastic macs you bought ?

Comments by G on 23rd October 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Brian good to hear from you often think when passing Birmingham on the M6 of you and the wonderful collection of macs you have what is the count to date?

Comments by Brian Humphries on 22nd October 2017  

Gareth has mentioned Kendal. I once bought several see through plastic jelly jackets from them, in one go, and the girl asked me if I was going on a boating trip! We all have our own, unique waterproof experiences, our own waterproof Love Stories, to adapt those Tesco advertisements.

Comments by Chris on 22nd October 2017  

Hi G I bought a couple of Rainstar macs for my late wife they were fantastic macs also some transparent plastic macs my favourite yours sound great Jeff if you are reading this

Comments by G on 9th October 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi does anybody remember the nylon macs made by Kendal then some time later the Rainstar nylon mac happy days

Comments by Jeff on 4th October 2017  

Hi G,
We stayed in a cottage close to Aberaeron and went into Aberaeron a couple of times and New Quay. Very enjoyable.

Comments by G on 2nd October 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Jeff sounds like you have had enjoyed a good break was it Aberaeron you went to in West Wales

Comments by Jeff on 24th September 2017  

Well, my see-through plastic mac certainly had some use over the past fortnight ! Wore it for most of the day on Sunday in Ambleside and Coniston and also a lot of the time on a Hebridean island, followed by a wet day in West Wales. Now looking forward to a couple of days in Blackpool to top it off.

Jeff

Comments by G on 15th September 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Susan what a wonderful collection of macs you have I also love PVC macs and them black macs you have must be difficult for you to decide what mac to wear that's great

Comments by Susan on 14th September 2017  pakamac@plasticmacs.com  http://www.plasticmacs.com

Having bought six nylon macs, one PVC Mack and eight plastic macs this year, an onlooker may well describe this period of time as period of almost a resurgence! OK, it's not the hay-day Pakamac years but with Amazon, eBay and the pvc-u-like offerings plus the Rainmac sale, I'm certainly celebrating.

This year, I discovered black EVA plastic macs. I'm hooked. OK, no lovely plastic aroma but the weight, sound, feel and look is fabulous.

Comments by Rob on 8th September 2017  

Hi Jeff. It is nice to hear about your holiday. Wherever you are going in the lake district and then Scotland I am sure you will have a nice time. I think you are right you might have a lot of rain especially on sunday but it sounds like you are prepared for it and so hopefully you can sill have a nice time even if it rains all the time! And if you like gardens there are some really lovely ones in Scotland.

Comments by Susan on 7th September 2017  pakamac@plasticmacs.com 

G. The macs I saw were hooded unisex ones

Comments by Jeff on 7th September 2017  

Hi Rob,

We are off to the Lake District on Saturday and then on to Scotland. According to the weather forecast I will be wearing my plastic mac most of the time.

Comments by Jeff on 7th September 2017  

Hi G, the sight of your teacher in her plastic mac obviously remains very clear in your mind as does my memory of my sister in her pale blue translucent plastic mac which had a matching belt and a matching concertina style rain bonnet with ties that were tied under the chin. Happy days.

Comments by G on 6th September 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Susan are the plastic macs you have seen in Edinburgh like the ones you wearing in your photo or are they them unisex ones regards G

Comments by Susan on 5th September 2017  pakamac@plasticmacs.com  http://www.plasticmacs.com

If anyone is visiting Edinburgh, it's always a good idea to look in the tourist shops on the Royal Mile. I've seen plastic macs on sale there quite recently.

Those memories of Blackpool remind me of all the plastic macs in shops in Skegness. The Lake District was always goood for plastic macs. So was Aberdeen a long time ago.

Comments by Rob on 4th September 2017  

Hi Jeff my wife's mac is clear but as you said it is semi see through. If you are going to Wales, the lake district and then Scotland I think you are right you will probably need yours.

Comments by G on 4th September 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Jeff good to hear from you I have had a thing for macs since infant school a teacher came to school in a transparent one and I have been hooked ever since it takes a exceptional understanding women to accept it and they are very rare you are lucky

Comments by Jeff on 3rd September 2017  

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the reply. Your wife's plastic mac sounds nice; may I ask what colour it is ? My friend sent me a photo of the packaging of the macs he has ordered and, although they are unisex, it shows a photo of a lady wearing a clear see-through mac. It didn't occur to me that they may be black. We are off to Scotland with them soon so I should be able to let you know. My wife and I are also going to the Lake District and New Quay, west Wales over the next few weeks so I am expecting my plastic macs to get some use.

Yes, it's a shame that we don't see plastic macs for sale in the shops these days. I used to particularly enjoy being taken to Blackpool when I was young and most shops would stock them and many would hang them outside on display, flapping in the wind; a lovely sight.

MY wife never really liked plastic macs but tolerated them for my sake. Like most women, I suppose she feels comfortable wearing what other women are also wearing, not wanting to be classed as "odd".

Regards,
Jeff.

Comments by Jeff on 3rd September 2017  

Hello G, I certainly consider myself extremely lucky that my wife tolerated macs for about 15 years or more, As you say, I did get accused of liking macs more than her. I accept that women are unable to understand how strong the attraction to macs can be. However, I had this fascination from a very early age and it has never left me.

Jeff.

Comments by Rob on 2nd September 2017  

Hi Jeff yes my wifes plastic mac is basically transparent but it doesn't look completely see through when its on so I think semi see through is a really good way of saying it thank you. My black Go mac is probably like your friends one. We are the same as you really we like them because it is easy to fold them up and just carry them and put them on when it starts to rain. It sounds like you have really needed yours on your holidays! I wonder why your wife doesn't like hers anymore. my wife wears hers a lot when it is raining and a lot of ladies ask her where she got it. It is a shame you cant buy them in the shops like you used to but perhaps you can still buy them in wales. Thank you for your nice comment it was nice to hear about your holidays perhaps you can write some more about them. We went on a railway when we were in Porthmadog two weeks ago and it really rained on us that day as well.

Comments by G on 1st September 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Jeff twelve years was a good run my wife got fed up of macs after only two years I separated now most women would say is it me or the mac do you want or complain they are hot and sweaty think you have been lucky Jeff

Comments by Jeff on 31st August 2017  

Hello G,

I confessed my liking for plastic macs to my wife early in our courtship and she had no problem with it. After about 12 years of marriage she became less tolerant. She would rather me not wear my see-through mac when we are out in the rain but I enjoy it so much.

Jeff.

Comments by G on 30th August 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Jeff good to hear from you passed your area today on my way to Swansea didn't see any one wearing a plastic mac sadly may I ask what does your wife make of your love of plastic macs?

Comments by Jeff on 29th August 2017  

Hi Susan, it was our first time in Northumberland. My wife and I stayed in Alnwick for a couple of days and did the touristy things such as Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle, Alnwick Castle and visited a couple of places along the coast like Alnmouth and Warkworth. We were really impressed with the area and intend to return soon.

I must be honest, I only wear my plastic mac when it's raining and just carry it if the rain stops.

I love your photos on Flickr and other sites such as pinterest and I have read your comments on Rainwear Central. I think it's very clever how you incorporate your photos into Pakamac adverts and magazine covers, you are obviously very good at Photo-shop. Well done. You may have seen some photos of my macs and other rainwear photos on Flickr, my user name is Taffmac.

Keep on enjoying wearing your macs,
Jeff.

Comments by Jeff on 29th August 2017  

Hello G, I live about 20 miles from Talgarth; I'm a "Valley boy". In fact, I drove through Talgarth yesterday on my way to Hay-on-Wye. It was very warm and sunny yesterday but I have worn my see-through plastic mac in Talgarth in the past when it has rained.

On a few of the occasions when I have worn my plastic mac on holidays my wife and I have been accompanied by two of our friends. Imagine my surprise when he texted me yesterday to say that he had ordered, and received, a couple of GO travel unisex plastic macs for him and his wife for a holiday in Scotland in a couple of weeks. So you see, it's up to us enthusiasts to wear our macs and encourage others to wear them too.

Regards, Jeff.

Comments by Susan on 28th August 2017  pakamac@plasticmacs.com  http://www.plasticmacs.com/

Thank you for the mention Jeff, in your post. What a pity I missed seeing you in your plastic mac, when you visited Northumberland. It could have been likely that you would have seen me in one of my macs, most likely a navy blue nylon mac (Rainstar or YB Wet, not Pakamac). Northumberland is a big county though. I go out wearing macs whether it's raining or not. How about you Jeff?

It's a real shame I don't have any macs from the Pakamac label in my collection. Nor am I likely to either, given the frenzy of bidding when one of a suitable size appears on eBay. I love it, though, that my image appears so many times in a Google image search for the word 'pakamac'. I've seen photos of Bev, G and of course Brian, before. Does anyone else have photos 'out there'?

Despite the lack of Pakamacs in my collection, I was surprised to see I still have a YB Wet nylon mac in it's bag and with tags attached. There's a photo on my Flickr pages.

Comments by G on 25th August 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Jeff you seem to get about a lot what I meant about people not wearing plastic macs was people in general don't or any other type of mac either unfortunately doubt if they will ever come back in fashion still live in hope are you near Talgarth and the black mountain good to hear from you

Comments by Jeff on 23rd August 2017  

G said that not many people wear plastic macs when it rains. True, but I am one of the few who do. I mainly wear
my see-through plastic mac or jacket when on holidays, Blackpool, Edinburgh, North Yorks Moors Railway, Derbyshire, Northumberland, Llangollen, Scilly Isles, Stratford-on Avon and many more places. Only a couple of weeks ago I could be seen walking in the rain near Abergavenny (not far from where I live) wearing my see-through plastic mac.

Rob described Beth's mac as "transparent but not completely, if that makes sense". Of course it makes sense, Rob. It could also be described as semi-see-through or translucent (a term used to describe plastic macs in the mail order catalogues of the 1950's).

I hope that Rob, G, Susan and others continue to leave comments on this site as I, for one, find them very interesting.

Thanks, Jeff

Comments by Rob on 17th August 2017  

Hi G we are going to Wales so if we have any rain this week I will definitely put another comment on here.

Comments by G on 16th August 2017  gw5927@gmail.com 

Hi Rob yes please let's hear your comments plastic macs nylon macs pacamacs people comment on them all they are macs that's what is important

Comments by Rob on 15th August 2017  

Hello G Ok I really will if you are sure they are great. If you like to hear more about unfolding macs and putting them on when it starts to rain then I can write some more about this because it happens quite a lot especially in the summer with sun and then all the showers and also thunder storms! Rob



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