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Presidents' Hats: Good Days, Bad Days

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Marc Chevalier, May 26, 2006.

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    Like the mere mortals they serve, U.S. presidents have their good and bad hat days.

    Good hat day for Teddy Roosevelt:


    Bad hat day for same:


    So-so hat day for Taft:


    Good hat day for a very young Coolidge:


    Bad hat day (he got older):


    Very good hat day for Hoover:


    Bad hat days for his successor:

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    Good hat days for same:

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    Very good hat days for Truman (the one president who never had a bad hat day):



    WEEGEE Practically Family


    Truman was a hat saleman at one point in his life.
  4. If you have a bad hair day, you can cover it with a hat

    but if you have a bad hat day . . . you're in trouble!!!
  5. Well, that explains it, then.

  6. Awsome thread... good show good show...

    I may just go back to the FDR crease

    Thats' back when men had to wear hats and they were worn to get dirty... now we baby the darn things so much, we have to fake character when it's wanted.

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    January 16: The 18th Amendment is ratified, forbidding the manufacture, sale, import or export of liquor in the United States, and beginning the period known as Prohibition.

    May 6: Truman is discharged from the army.

    June 28: Harry Truman and Elizabeth (Bess) Virginia Wallace are wed at the bride's church, Trinity Episcopal, in Independence, Missouri, and move to 219 N. Delaware Street in Independence, the residence of Truman's mother-in-law, Madge Gates Wallace.

    November: Truman opens a men's haberdashery store, in partnership with Edward Jacobson, at 104 West 12th Street, Kansas City, Missouri.


    Truman is appointed major in Field Artillery, Officers Reserve Corps.

    Women win the battle for suffrage with the ratification of the 19th Amendment.


    The haberdashery business fails as a result of a business recession, but Truman refuses to file a petition of bankruptcy. He pays off his share of the firm's debts during the ensuing fifteen years.

    With the endorsement of county Democratic party leader T. J. Pendergast, Truman wins election as an eastern judge on the Jackson County Court, an executive body that administers affairs of the county.


    Truman attends the Kansas City School of Law.
  8. Ah, FDR. Long before rich folks wore ratty jeans, Roosevelt sported his battered old "lucky" fedora through four presidential campaigns. (Bet it was expensive when new, though!)

    Shabby chic, indeed.


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  9. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    That one was his "Campaign Hat." He wore it for outings among the regular folk, taking pride in its battered condition.

    And !!! There he is in that damned cape again.
  10. No question, Truman was sharp. "You can take a president out of the haberdashery, but you can't take the haberdashery out of a president." Or something like that.

  11. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    He also wore Aloha shirts, didn't he?
  12. Yeah, and he got a lot of flack for it, too. Political cartoonists invariably depicted him in Hawaiian shirts. It wasn't meant as a compliment.

  13. Australia's wartime PM, John Curtin

    Another statesman who enjoyed good hat days:

    He worked himself to the grave to save his country, dying just 6 weeks before the end of WWII. Our greatest Prime Minister.
  14. epic610

    epic610 One of the Regulars


    i don't mind so much that his campaign hat got dirty or beat up . . . but that by his third and fourth campaigns, it was at least a size too small.
  15. And clearly with a great tailor behind him.

  16. That, or FDR's head swelled. After winning four presidential terms in a row, whose wouldn't?

  17. Nixon wore hats while in Congress and the Senate and while Vice-President. I don't recall him in a hat as President. Did Ronald Reagan ever wear a hat?[huh]
  18. Nixon looked pretty awful in hats. So bad, in fact, that I didn't post the photos here: I felt sorry for him.

    Goodness, man, how could you have forgotten Reagan in his COWBOY hats? At the ranch, remember?

  19. Definitely.


    He always wore a waistcoat with a pocket watch, too. Conservative and respectable, he looked every bit the leader of a nation.
  20. He has a face you can trust, doesn't he?


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