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Chic Gaylord was a harness maker, a toymaker, a New York publicist, hotel chief of security, and a Nebraska illustrator:

Chic Gaylord was a . . .-chic-gaylord-january-1939-nebraska-jpg 1936.

Yes, all the same man, who became a holster maker after 1950.

His protégé Paris Theodore was an abstract impressionist painter and married to a NYC choreographer. Both the art and the publicist things must've drawn (you should pardon the choice of words) them together into the same sphere.
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Chic has often been referred to as the father of the modern concealment
holster. I would argue on behalf of Capt. Hughes if the word "modern"
was not used.

I had a little Gaylord speed scabbard for concealment back in the late
1950s, but somehow it got away from me.

PWL (Price Western Leather) made kind of a replica and referred to it
as being based on Gaylord's "eight ball". I had to point out to them
that Chic's "eight ball" was a pocket holster. You know, like eight ball
in the side pocket. Photo below left.

Thad Rybka made me his version of Gaylord's small concealment
speed scabbrd. 2nd from left.

But I was really elated when turnerriver found the real McCoy, and
let me have it. The little black Gaylord speed scabbard is shown
3rd from left. The maker mark had worn away from the rough side
of the leather, but Red identified it by it's "stitch signature".
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I knew Paris Theodore back in the early '70's. He was a character and very creative. I have a curved belt buckle knife he had made out of one piece of stainless steel. It was too expensive to mass produce. He was good to me. Best, Joe
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Chic has often been referred to as the father of the modern concealment
holster. I would argue on behalf of Capt. Hughes if the word "modern"
was not used.
This is discussed at length in The Book. Gaylord was the father of the Eastern School, which is made of thin leathers and without welts; because of the flatbed sewing machines he used. Hughes: well, it was his idea that popularised the Western School but I reckon we'd have to say it was Sam Myres; because it was he who first produced the thick leather, welted holsters en masse.

Paris carried the flag for the Eastern school, so to speak, for which Chic never forgave him according to several articles at the end of Chic's life. And the rest of us popularized the Eastern School: Bianchi, and Galco, and Sparks, and DeSantis (who is on record saying he wouldn't be in the biz if it weren't for Paris), Alessi, Null, even Bruce Nelson.

Perhaps we could refer to Captain Hughes, and Tom Threepersons, as the 'patron saints' of the modern Western school holster; because it was they who used their fame to promote the Rabensburg by Brill and the Threepersons by Myres holster designs, respectively.

I still build using both schools; my Bogart range according to the principles of the Eastern School, and my Threepersons range according to the Western.
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