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 2019 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 late autumn 2019.
New A wide stitched sash belt in fabric backed black PVC. The undersized round buckle is welded in plain PVC. This belt has no pins.
New Neat belt in beige PVC double stitched to a leather backing. The small buckle with a covered pin is welded.
New Cool belt in blue extruded PVC. The transparent rectangular half buckle is molded. The label says “Real Plastic” which is typical for an age when plastic was a novelty. We even had a shop called ‘Plasten’ in my hometown.
New Very wide stitched belt in super soft red PVC. The large rectangular buckle is welded in the same material.
New A medium width brown stitched belt that features a large rounded welded buckle with a golden pin.
New Shiny brown stitched belt with a smooth surface. The heavy rectangular buckle is self covered in the same material. The holes are grommeted. Still in mint condition after more than half a century.
New Handsomely perforated red stitched belt. The thick rectangular buckle is self covered and the holes are grommeted. A fine belt that would look great on its wearer even today.
New Medium sized blue belt with an outer embossed PVC layer stitched to a skin colored backing. The neatly shaped buckle is self covered. It does not look as if this nice belt has ever been worn.
New Extremely simple skinny belts made from one layer thick brown PVC. They feature a small metal buckle.
New Medium width white stitched belt with a neatly embossed surface made to look like a wowen textile strap. The rectangular buckle is self covered in the same material. The hidden holes are grommeted. Still very supple and in mint shape after more than half a century this belt could well be used today.
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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