You know, I would think that we today are probably FAR more concerned with our hats than people were in the '30's-'50's. We have to have our creases just so, our pinches just right, our brims must be cocked in just a certain way.... We (and I am certainly included in this) will spend hours steaming, and pushing, and poking, and pulling, and pressing, and shaping our hats, going back and forth to the mirror to check our progress! Did most folks do this in the '30's? When I watch old movies, I like to look at everyone's hat. Especially good are the crowd scenes, where all the extras are milling about, or witnessing the actions of the lead characters. MOST of their hats are less than perfect! The top bash usually looks like they simply mashed their fists into the crown. The pinch was done very quickly and the hat shoved on their heads and off they went! I don't know about you, but I couldn't stand going out with an imperfect hat!!!