Are you thinking of this one?
I remember an article or link a year or two ago about how the cost of the hatcheck may have been a contributing factor as to why men stopped wearing hats. I haven't been able to find the post. Does anyone remember this thread?
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Last edited by zetwal; 03-29-2012 at 06:48 AM.
I don't remember the thread, but I do remember reading in the "Hatless Jack" Book that the hat check girls did have something to do with the down turn in hat wearing. If memory serves, many hat check girls asked for a quarter to check your hat back in the late 1930's and early 1940's. So, if you were a downtown New Yorker who ate lunch at a local restaurant, you paid $1.25 a week for the privilege of having your hat checked. This is on a $10.00 to $25.00 hat. Eventually, checking becomes more of the cost that the original Capital outlay.
Last edited by 1961MJS; 03-29-2012 at 08:54 AM. Reason: Speeling
Groucho Marx said it best:
“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying all the wrong remedies.”
And to think that President Kennedy not wearing one has been blamed all these years for the demise of the hat...for shame, for shame
All this talk blaming one thing or another (Kennedy [busted], Hat check girls, automobiles, etc.) for the demise of the hat is kind of silly. Fashions changed, and more importantly, people stopped spending any significant amount of time outdoors. When the only time you are outside is between the metro or car and your home or office, a hat is pointless.
I see tons of men wearing hats everyday. But today it is the ballcap that is in fashion. All my co workers would never leave the house without their ballcap on their head. Just look around you in a restaurant or in a store you see a lot of ball cap wearing men. The younger guys spend ton's of money on New Era ballcaps they can cost as much as are custom Fedroas if you get into the limited editon ball caps.
No matter where you are.....That's the place to be.
IMHO, the ballcap don't last as long as a good Fedora. My daughter (13 y.o.) own a quiete expensive ballcap. But for how long? My Fedoras stands sun and rain and all kind of weather, without any problem.
Even old man in the Netherlands are wearing ballcaps, but I don't get the reason. A good Fedora fits so smooth and easy and convertable, but ballcaps never reache this standard in my opinion.