Friday, January 29, 2010

Old Style Hat

OK, we are wrapping up the Hat series today with this one. I am not sure what this style hat was called, but they were very popular. You see a lot of pictures from the 1910's where there are crowds of people, and every person in the crowd is wearing one of these hats.

I find this picture a little awkward. It looks like he is seated on the armrest of the bench. But looking at the leg of the bench, and where the armrest would be, it looks like he would be falling or tipping over.

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  1. The hat style is known as a "boater."

    I enjoyed this series of pictures. It's a shame hats have fallen out of popularity.

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  2. When I first looked, I thought he was sitting on nothing at all!

    Why isn't the dog wearing a hat? ;-)

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  3. I thought it was called a Panama Hat.
    R

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  4. Maybe that is why the dog is there, to act as a counter weight.
    R

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  5. I would like to have been there when the dog suddenly got up and ran off, having been startled by the powder flash (if there was one).

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  6. The Panama hat is like a straw fedora or pork-pie. They are very expensive, a good one will run upwards of $500.

    The flat straw hat, like today's is called a "boater" or a "skimmer"

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  7. In these parts it was called a "straw boater." Lightweight for summer (like seersucker suits). The boater attempted a brief comeback in the Summer of '66 on Wall Street, but only among young guys. It never "took" and the fad didn't last beyond that summer. Jim

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  8. A very dapper turnout. I like it. Instead of thinking about the man perching on the arm of the bench, think about how the portrait is composed to give the dog equal prominence. He must have been proud of his dog. There's the story.

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  9. This picture is gorgeous.
    Thanks a lot
    Cheers
    Denis

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  10. The hat is called a "skimmer." Very popular at the turn of the last century.

    Fabulous photo - I wishe i lived in that era. Love the fashions.

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  11. The dog is gorgeous. Looks like a Llewellyn setter, or maybe an English setter?

    As for this hat, enh.

    Great photos this week, fun stuff, thanks.

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  12. The pooch looks like a Brittany Spaniel, to me.

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  13. Of course, the man who made the "boater" famous was Buster Keaton.

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  14. I immediately thought "boater" as well. Did you find out exactly? These are lovely.

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  15. The hat most associated with Buster Keaton is a grey felt porkpie hat that he fashioned from a Stetson fedora.

    You still see boaters today. On gondoliers and at political conventions (although the American ones are styrofoam).

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