"Dannimac produced a range of these in 1983/4. My wife bought one in a very provincial town through a national department store (Lewis?). It was red cotton and blue rubber but I believe there were other colours. Included in the range was a cotton/PVC version - high gloss".
- Anonymous comment
Is this a pic? - LE
I have a comment to make about the yellow rubber blue-backed anoraks featured here.
In the mid to late 1970's the company I worked for supplied some farm chemicals made by a German company. As part of their promotions at one time they were giving away these heavy rubber anoraks if sufficient quantities of their product were purchased.
I can confirm that these definitely came from Germany.
They had a strong rubber smell.
At the time I was given two for myself.
Also at about that time they were available in all C&A shops. They came in a wide variety of colours of rubber, but always on the navy blue backing cloth. I can certainly remember green, red and navy blue rubber and I expect there were others.
I still have two in storage, but they do not get much use because I have other rubber anoraks or mackintoshes to wear. As well as the two fully rubber interlined school gaberdines made by LE which are still going strong.
Richard I'm thrilled to say has opened the question of what he calls the 'rubber anorak'. I'm sure I know what he means, but I've never heard them called that before!
I always think of the pages headed simply "Friesennerz" as the top site for these cultish little macs - even though, tantalisingly, its owner doesn't really update. The site is hanging in suspended animation, a Grecian urn of cyberspace. Anyway, let me quote from this unchallengeable source:
Friesennerz is the German name for a very special kind of rainwear: a yellow rubber raincoat with a blue backing. You can turn the yellow side inside out so that you show the blue side to the public, while the yellow rubberized side is facing your skin. The name consists of "Friesen" and "nerz" and is a joke. The Friesen are the people at the coast to the northern sea in Germany, "nerz" is the german word for mink. A "Friesennerz" is the best clothing of these people....
So Richard and the webmistress (master?) of the Friesennerz site are agreed in definition and we can safely say: rubber anorak=Friesennerz.
But I think there are lots of variations on the rubber anorak / Friesennerz basic theme so I think we need a name for the macs that look a lot like the rubber anorak / Friesennerz but which have different colour-ways, and different materials. I will call them minkymacs, in an attempt to translate the spirit of 'Friesennerz'. Grasshoppers are minkymacs, and Friesennerz are minkymacs. A minkymac:
There are different sorts of plastic, and several of them have been used to make minkymacs.
There is vinyl, pure and simple.
There is polyurethane.
There is PVC.
The place to look for these I believe is the gallery offered by Juliavinyl: a fantastic compendium! Thank you so much Julia.
Since Friesennerz launched Flickr etc have showered lovely pics over everyone, and none lovelier than Friesennerz enthusiasts. Any rainwear site worth the name must include more than a gesture to these charming, fun-loving A-listers of the impermeaphile world.
One of the best minkymacs on YouTube:
And another: Let-it-rain
Beware though: one of those yellow macs is not a minkymac.
And some really lovely bits here. Oh for a few more pixels per inch...
Courtesy Regenmode 24
You can't have a Friesennerz in white reversing to navy: it's a minkymac!
You can't have a Friesennerz in opal reversing to red-with-a-pattern. But you can have a minkymac. Courtesy Juliavinyl
You can't have a plastic Friesennerz.
It must be a minkymac!
Soft blissy rubber to sleep in, soft blissy rubber to sleep on: with a man inside it! What more is there?
His mac: it's a rubber anorak, it's a Friesennerz, it's a minkymac!
My nightie: ditto, ditto, ditto...