Vintage Vinyl Belts
The 1950s were the golden age of the vinyl or PVC belt. The plastic and the technique were ready after the war and the fashion starved public eager to adopt an exciting new material. New stylish designs and low prices made these lovely belts popular in the fifties. However, time would show that the once trendy belts were less durable than the traditional leather belt. Later, the newer PU material would prove stronger and allow for a more natural leather substitute. Even so, the original PVC belt will always remain attractive in a unique way that it shares with the traditional PVC raincoat. This listing tries to help us understand the peculiar charm of the plastic belt. There are quite a number of images below that represent different variations of a few basic styles.
A new section with various belt scenes was added in 2017 in an attempt to show these great belts in their original context.
It has become 2021 with some new additions to the site. Those of you who would like to aquire a vintage belt like these should take a good look at Etsy seller ShazamHairFlowers who offers a large number of mint belts from the fifties. These come in several different models, and in many colors and sizes. Below, you can enjoy some new additions from 2020 and 2021. More to come later!
New Very wide green stitched belt with a nice large single pin welded buckle.
New Medium width belt with a slightly textured white PVC stitched to a leather base. The neat welded buckle is covered in the same material.
New Medium width slightly textured welded gray belt with a velvet beige interior. The square buckle is also welded.
New Very neat welded black belt with a slightly textured front welded to a velvet skincolor back. The two prong halfbuckle is golden metal.
New Thin blue welded belt with grommeted holes and a metal buckle.
New Handsome medium width belt with shiny black PVC stitched to a leather base. The welded buckle is covered in the same material.
New White sliding simple belt with a round molded plastic buckle.
New Thin brown stitched belt with a neatly shaped single pin welded buckle.
New Thin blue stitched belt with an uncommon pointed end. It features a nice oval welded buckle.
Do you have a story to tell about these magnificent belts? I would love to hear about your experiences. Please send photos of your belts if you have any. Any additions to my collection are welcome too, of course. My email address is in the top right corner of this page.
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