Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Postman

This picture was taken in about 1905, and shows a postman preparing to deliver the mail. I am not sure what this type of hat is called, but back at this time it was very popular. The crown has no crease in it . . . just sort of like a dome sitting up there. Anyway, he is very well dressed compared to postmen today.

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  1. I think it was called a "bowler"

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  2. I think they were named Derby hats in USA and Bowler hats in UK.

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  3. PJM Mail carriers in the U.S. are allowed to wear shorts when they please and it makes far more sense than being attired in a suit and derby!

    Besides, some of them have really nice legs, like the UPS drivers.

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  4. That's right, we'd call that type
    of hat a Bowler in England.
    When I first left school, 1961,
    they were still worn, especially
    in London. Although the crown was
    not quite as high. Not seen very
    much these days.

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  5. Winston Churchill, in very similar
    hat.
    http://sanseverything.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/winston_churchill_01.jpg

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  6. The bowler hat is quite distinctive yet not a style that I ever was drawn to. I'm a fan of fedoras and Stetsons myself.

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  7. The same kind that serves as the identifying image of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

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  9. You get these idiot spammers everywhere...they are selling something. Why can't the feds track them down? I can't understand it.

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  11. Could it be that this photo was taken on board a ship? I am intrigued by the R.M.S. above the doorway. I believe this to stand for Royal Mail Ship or Royal Mail Steamer. If not on board a ship, then perhaps a sorting facility at the dock?

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  12. Incidentally, I have just learned that R.M.S. also stood for Railway Mail Service. This could have been taken at a railway depot. Remember the bags that the train would snag as it passed? Perhaps this individual is sorting the mail that just arrived or preparing a bag for snagging?

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  13. PJM you could turn on word verification to prevent some of the spam, just a thought.

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