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Discussion in 'Fred's Barcalounge' started by Bertotti, Jan 27, 2019.
K, U asked 4 it....
Classic sunglasses over the baseball hat maneuver.
As would a wee dram or two of the creature....and a pint o' Guinness to wash it down.
I worked at Notre Dame and am a fan of Irish music as well.
Funny thing: Greece is the only place I've been where no one remarked on my hat...
I always wanted one of them but never bought one. Maybe someday.
Ok two more favorites, the first is a Buffalo Stetson, a very nice hat and the second is one that could cause some problems so keep in mind these are not currently for sale. I have had this one stashed for a while but decided to pull it out for this. Do not contact Tavo, @TV the Wired Turtle , to buy one he hasn’t had them for quite a while.
We had a math teacher in 6th grade, something like 6'7" / 2m tall, jaw like a gorilla robot and could have been in the Addams family, whom no one (among us kids) had ever heard laugh. Never. Rumor had it that 10 years before us, he laughed and left his whole class crying and afraid of him, and he never laughed again. I actually really liked him. I learned a lot about being precise in my formal work from him; he's actually been a big influence in that way.
We had a hat thread but it's time for a new one. I'm became a born again hat wearer about 3 or 4 years ago.
Poor soul, I'm feel sorry for him. We had a same kind of physics & chemistry teacher in high school. He too never smiled, but in his eyes. So, he too had a sense of humor, but was kind of prisoner of his reputation and didn't show it to the class.
To be honest I do smile and laugh, sometimes a lot, I just wouldn't like to smile in pictures, because .
@Bertotti I got two nice old 1950s fedoras from my dad and my late father-in-law, but they both had smaller heads and those hats wouldn't fit into my football size head.
Well OK here are a few old photos (about fifteen years ago) of me in hats. Sadly the forest green topper was just a tad too small and I gave it away, beautifully made and very expensive one it was. I loved that Fedora but it died of old age and hard use.
This is in Texas around 1983, still have the guitar and the hat! It's a Resistol 4X beaver.
Plays savage fiddle and a right handsome barsted he is too! Ladies take note!
Aww shucks you got me blushing Unfortunately I have to say to any ladies 'taking note' that I'm spoken for and the wife is a very good shot
For those of you wanting a proper "Irish" hat, you really need a flat cap, AKA newsboy cap. I have an Irish tweed bucket hat (complete with an IRA button) that I wear for St. Paddy's Day. Keeps the rain offa me head.
I wear trucker/baseball hats in the summer mainly to keep the sun out of my eyes while driving, and off of the bald spot when in the sun. For winter, I've a flat Kangol cap (traditional British sports car cap) or a mad trapper hat for when the cold gets really bad.
Hopefully, those of you talking about fedoras aren't actually talking about stingy brim Trilbys. I like a proper fedora myself. They're handy in sunny or rainy weather, and are the traditional classic hat for gents.
I've noticed a trend where guys are wearing trucker/baseball hats pulled down over their ears. That's as bad as wearing them askew or backwards. Jeez! Learn how they're supposed to work!
Beanies are multicolored felt, and usually have a little propeller on top. The knit ones are properly called watch caps, or if they're long, toques. Neither are meant to be worn in the summer (sorry Nez). They're not even the best things for winter as the wind blows right thru them.
As this thread started of with a bowler---
They were often the hat of choice for cowboys. Not all wore Stetsons/10 gallon hats. Those came later. Now, Stetsons seem to be the choice for people NOT involved in the cattle business.
Men used to wear dress hats. Of course, back then, they also wore suits to baseball games and for most evening occasions. JFK's refusal to wear a top hat at his inauguration signaled the end to mandatory dress hats for men.
Well the Fedora I was wearing in those pictures I posted above was the genuine article. It was made in the 1950's and was a really superb hat. From research the pattern was 'Graduate Fedora' and I got it from a hat collector. Currently I have a dark brown fedora that the wife bought me to replace a forest green one that had gotten a little smelly and a very high quality Christie's fedora (without snapped brim) in navy blue with eye-catching crimson silk lining.
On my hat shelf I also have a flat cap in tweed(matched to my cashmere Savile Row sports coat and a Black Watch tartan one to match my Black Watch tartan 'frock' coat. I also have one of those Breton fishermans caps although I like to think of it as a Para Handy cap. Oh I also have Glengarrys, and Balmoral bonnets to go with my Highland Scottish attire.
I actually find it quite sad the way the proper hat has become an endangered species. I was at a funeral last week for a well regarded fellow from the town of Dunoon in Argyll and, despite there being a couple of hundred mourners, I was the only man, even taking into account the undertaker and his staff, who was wearing a hat. It is, of course a handy tool for signifying respect - removal when entering a church or when a funeral cortege passes, tipping it to the ladies or even a quick pinch of the brim in salute or when bidding someone adieu.
In South Dakota and I have not met a cattle man who wears a bowler, they all wear cowboy hats, maybe not Stetsons there are others, or baseball caps. I often wear a cotton Tilley hat with the bigger brim just because they are so darn durable and once dirtied up I can just toss it in the laundry. Ironically enough a lot of baseball caps get washed that way as well then stuffed onto a big can or roll of paper towels to shape it.
The thing about the original bowler hat is that it was a 'hard' hat and so offered some crash protection when riding. The bowler was also popular in Shipyards in Scotland and Ireland for the 'gaffers' as the workers were fond of dropping rivets and other things on them when they were passing below a ship under construction and so the bowler was an early form of crash helmet.
Well, now Stetsons are common---especially among truck drivers and people wo don't work with cattle. Back in the day, tho, bowlers were almost as common as 10 gallon hats.
I've got my poor boy/newsboy cap that I've had for about 15 years. I had a fedora I bought from a haberdasher about 10 years ago when I visited Budapest but I tossed that a while ago. I never liked the fit and the brim was narrower than I'd have liked.
There are literally ZERO good places to get hats here. Newsboy
caps and those goody fratboy "fedoras" with a 1" brim are all you find around here.
I found this website but it looks like you will be ordering from Ireland. I like those patchwork caps!