Friday, November 16, 2007

New York Crowd

Today we feature a photograph of a crowd in New York's Union Square in the 1910's. I find all the hats interesting. Have you noticed that people don't wear hats much anymore? Only a few people wear hats these days, and usually it is only a baseball cap. Even the real cowboys that I know don't wear cowboy hats . . . they wear baseball caps. I think it would be neat if hats came back as a fashion item, what do you think?


  1. Well, global warming has made it too unbearably hot to wear a hat any more.

    I agree -- hats were cool, and it used to be shameful to be seen out of the house without one. Now you're weird if you wear anything other than a baseball hat or ski cap in the winter.

    I'm always struck by how I can immediately tell the time period by the hats. This picture immediately screamed 1910's with those flat brimmed, banded straw hats. My wife watches historical romance movies all the time, and whenever one comes on, I can always tell within about 25 years when the movie was set. Especially when the female matron (there's always one) is wearing one of those preposterous getups from the Napoleonic wartime era.

  2. Richard,
    OK, it is good to hear that I am not the only person on the face of the earth to think about hats!

  3. I totally agree--hats rule and I'm sorry we don't wear them much anymore. I've noticed it myself.

  4. I love the felt dress hats that mem wore in the 40's and 50's (maybe even into the 60's). They were considered an essential part of business dress. My dad had a number of fine ones, and I have managed to save them. Something very classy about a grey or charcoal felt dress hat for men.

  5. And some of us still wear hats when the occasion calls for them. I own a fedora and a derby and wear them when appropriate. I also carry a cane, or gentleman's walking stick, when out and about.

  6. Hats started going out of fashion in the 1930s, at least in the UK, when young men - referred to as "the hatless brigade" - in increasing numbers appeared in public without their titfers (Cockney rhyming slang: 'tit for tat' rhymes with 'hat').

    Given how much body warmth is lost through the head, it would certainly make sense, at least from that aspect, for hats to make a return.

  7. "I own a fedora and a derby and wear them when appropriate. I also carry a cane, or gentleman's walking stick, when out and about."

    How about spats? ;-)


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