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Truman and Open Road

Discussion in 'Hats' started by HDRnR, May 27, 2007.

  1. HDRnR

    HDRnR A-List Customer

    Looks like an Open Road.

  2. HDRnR

    HDRnR A-List Customer

    Another but different bash

  3. scotrace

    scotrace Head Bartender Staff Member

    I helped with your photo uploads - hope that's OK? They're great pictures. I like the homburg Achison is wearing.
  4. Joel Tunnah

    Joel Tunnah Practically Family

    Awesome pictures! The man knew how to wear a hat.
    Thanks for posting.
  5. jimmy the lid

    jimmy the lid I'll Lock Up

    Yup. Truman was a big fan of the Open Road

  6. HDRnR

    HDRnR A-List Customer

    Appreciate it Scotrace, very interesting to see the bash Truman had on his OR's. I like the one where he is getting out of the car, but I wish I could see the top. I wonder if it is a teardrop with the slight dents or more of a center dent ? The second picture seems to have more of an extreme pinch and the brim is curling slightly.
  7. Ande1963

    Ande1963 Guest

    Cool. I really appreciate those photos. I bought my first OR recently, and have been struggling with what to do about the bash. Part of the "keep it as a cattleman crease" argument was that I thought that's how Harry wore his.

    I guess that's shot!

    By the way, mine is likely from the '70s, and the 3X felt is a little stiff. It's not as soft and pliable as I'd like. I may not keep the hat... I dunno for sure yet. This stiff felt is gonna be hard for me to re-bash myself.

  8. Art Fawcett

    Art Fawcett Sponsoring Affiliate

    Gratuitous plug


    I've actually studied it HDRnR, it's a teardrop with forward pinches. He was a small man and had them custom made with smaller dimensions that you would expect to see. Here is my version

  9. HDRnR

    HDRnR A-List Customer

    Art, you are the man ! I will try to bash one of mine like that. Ande, I've had the same issues with my factory blocked cattleman OR's, the felt is stiff. I have a Royal Deluxe that is smooth as butter tho.
  10. TaxMan1

    TaxMan1 One of the Regulars

    Didn't LBJ use a Cattleman's bash in his OR?
  11. HDRnR

    HDRnR A-List Customer

    I'm curious also, I couldn't find a good picture. The LBJ Library doesn't have nearly as many pictures as the Truman Library which has thousands.
  12. Joel Tunnah

    Joel Tunnah Practically Family

    Of course.


  13. Fedorista

    Fedorista Familiar Face


    Hat described as:

    Made by Lee, Fifth Avenue, New York
    Gold lettering on band opposite label reads: "Made Expressly For Hon. Harry S. Truman."
    Felt, leather, plastic. H 12.7, D 33.3 cm
    Harry S Truman National Historic Site, HSTR 427
  14. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family

    Of Course II -- The Reprise



    ...and finally -- hatless, but I always liked the pic, regardless! :)

  15. J.S.Udontknowme

    J.S.Udontknowme A-List Customer

    IKE too.

  16. deanglen

    deanglen My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Of the cattleman's bashes I've ever seen, the bash on this hat has such narrow side dents and wide crown dent.

  17. TaxMan1

    TaxMan1 One of the Regulars

    Thanks, fellas. Great pix and info.
  18. AlanC

    AlanC My Mail is Forwarded Here

    And I'd wondered what H.S.T. stood for. Sometimes I'm a little slow... [​IMG]
  19. J.B.

    J.B. Practically Family


    deanglen, I have an opinion! :rolleyes:

    :eek:fftopic: Although as you know, there are sooooo many versions of the Open Road, but after a lot of thought and researching pictures -- I now believe that the hat that is pictured here with LBJ is not a Stetson -- but rather an obscure short-brimmed, high-dimpled alpine bash Resistol model known as the Deming...

    ...but of course I'm old, and frequently doze off at the keyboarvzdqkfgermeiottttttttttttttttt

    Wait -- I'm back on topic Truman...

    As a kid, the bottom on Lucky Strike cigarettes packs had the initials L.S.M.F.T. printed thereon -- "Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco." However, we impudent children liked to tell others it stood for "Lord, Save Me From Truman." :D
  20. Ande1963

    Ande1963 Guest


    Your version is really fantastic. Can I ask how you handled the different proportions that you mentioned Truman had done specifically for his build? Is your model made with with those same proportions?


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