You did not think we would make it through Hat Week without looking at the much loved "Stetson" did you? Well, here is a picture from my home town, Eldorado, Texas, showing a couple of men at a horse auction in 1939. They are sporting some fine western headgear. It is interesting to note, however, that "Stetson" is a brand, not a hat style. Stetson made all styles of hats, but is best known for the cowboy hat . . . so much so that the brand has become synonymous with the Cowboy hat.
The picture shows another tradition that endures to this day in West Texas. Many ranchers do not light their cigars. They put a cigar in their mouth in the morning and sort of chew on it all day, but never light it. You still see old timers around town with unlit cigars in their mouths. funny thing about this picture is that it really could have been taken yesterday, as you will still see scenes like this today.