All rainwear discussions in general or that do not fit into other categories.
Rubberdee, Woolies did indeed do their equivalent of the pacamac, I recall with the plastic carrying pouch, as far back as th elate 1950s at least. I remember my mother making me wear mine at all times when not going to or from school to preserve my school gabardine. I didn't need much persuading!
Yes I remember Woolies macs. My very first plastic mac was a lovely grey translucent one from Woolworths. I'd developed a taste for rainwear in my early teens but I had to wait a few years before I got my first classic plastic mackintosh. I remember that the macs at Woolwoths were on racks by the entrance and it was so tantalising to walk past them when entering or leaving the store. So near and yet so far! I also used to try and get a sneaky feel of them as I walked past. This is my first time on this site and I just want to say how great it is to have somewhere to share my passion for rainwear, whether plastic, nylon or rubber.
I think Susan, many of us have fond memories of seeing those mackintoshes on racks by the entrance, copping a feel and taking in the aroma. Lovely to have you on board, Susan, and to read about your passion.
Here's a pic of the pvc raincoats they sold in 1970 (from the Woolworth's Museum site). Mostly though, they sold the semi-transparent (sometimes opaque) macs. They usually ripped easily. They came with a belt (i.e. strip of pvc) but no loops to thread it through.