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  1. Pilgrim

    Dark green Royal Stetson Fedora, Size 7 1/8

    The hat is mine, and currently on Ebay: http://www.ebay.com/itm/131141783131?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 This is a lovely,soft felt Dark Green Royal Stetson made in the post-WWII era. It's a bit darker green than the pictures show, as they were shot using a flash. As...
  2. Pilgrim

    Two Stetson hats on Ebay - Open Road and Brown Fedora, both 6 5/8

    Both hats end Saturday Oct. 1...would have posted earlier but was traveling. Descriptions are in the auction, I started both at $20. If you have a small head, you might get lucky with them...
  3. Pilgrim

    My favorite trick for snugging a slightly oversize hat

    I was in a hobby shop one day and noticed that they had strips of foam roadbed material for model trains. The foam is about 2" wide by 12" long and splits in the middle...so a half-width is the perfect size to fit behind a sweatband. Here's a shot of a half-strip of the material. Note that...
  4. Pilgrim

    Paris Hatters, San Antonio - and the Stratoliner

    I was in San Antonio for the WSU-Notre Dame game on Oct. 31, and stopped into one of my favorite old hat stores, Paris Hatters. It's only a couple of blocks from the Alamo downtown. During a brief chat, the owner said he's the 2.5 generation running the store since his dad is still alive. The...
  5. Pilgrim

    Lord Buckley, the Ultimate Hipster

    Does anyone here remember Lord Buckley, the ultimate hipster progenitor of rap?...the beat jazz verbalist/comic who was there in the 40's and 50's, before them all? I actually have one of his LPs (Lord Buckley - Blowing His Mind and Yours, Too) that includes his famous routine "The Naz" (about...
  6. Pilgrim

    Classic Illustrators / ads / cartoons online

    I just tripped over this site which I think will interest many here. A quick search of FL didn't seem to indicate that anyone else had noted it... Classic Illustrators by Name: http://www.flickr.com/photos/leifpeng/collections/72157600016118135/
  7. Pilgrim

    SOLD....Stetson in medium Gray, needs a friend: Size 7 1/4

    This Stetson has been sitting in my spare room for months, and I haven't taken the time to do anything with it. The felt is in good shape, but it has been worn a lot and needs some attention. It's an old campaigner that has been worn and loved, but it's good for one more owner and one more...
  8. Pilgrim

    Stetson Fifteen, Dark Brown, 6 3/4

    This is a Stetson Fifteen that has a wonderful, soft feel to the felt. I was looking for one just like this, but unfortunately I didn't read the auction closely and bought the wrong size. I measure the inner circumference at 21 1/2", or US size 6 3/4. The felt is in good shape, but the hat...
  9. Pilgrim

    Beaver brand version of Open Road in 7 1/4

    I've had this Beaver brand Open Road clone sitting for some time, and it's too nice a hat to go to waste. I just have too many Open Roads, and this one can benefit someone else. Too bad, because some of the best hats I own are Beaver brand - I like their stuff. There is a FLAW. There are...
  10. Pilgrim

    Maybe brave, maybe dumb

    I'm tired of hunting for a vintage black fedora with more than a 2" brim. I've found tons of them, but all the 7 1/4 hats I've found have a 2" brim. So I went for a fur Scala on Ebay, $24.99 plus $8.95 shipping...
  11. Pilgrim

    The Quiet Man - Ireland at its most beautiful

    This week with St. Patrick's day, I celebrated by watching the John Ford classic The Quiet Man. What a wonderful film! I regard it as one of John Wayne's best performances, and it was the first time he and Maureen O'Hara were teamed up. They made a superb screen couple. Once again, it struck...
  12. Pilgrim

    Mallory in the house: Stratoliner clone

    A few months ago I acquired a very nice Mallory with bound edge brim on Ebay. I didn't like the crown shape, and my own efforts to re-shape it were not that successful. I finally took it to the Greeley Hatworks; they did a nice C-crown on it and helped me with the brim - the felt is a bit...
  13. Pilgrim

    Just scored an updated A-2!

    Unfortunately, I outgrew my old LL Bean A-2 a few years ago. I finally gave it to a co-worker who has done me favors - and he was happy, because I probably hadn't worn it more than a dozen times. Dang! BUT.....I've had my eye out for a similar jacket. I happened to spot an Ebay auction for...
  14. Pilgrim

    A chop-and-channel hat remodel project!

    I found this Trail Ridge brand hat on Ebay. It has a discolored edge to the brim, and as soon as I spotted it I thought it would make a great "cut down to a fedora" project. Well, believe it or not I bought it for $14 including shipping. How could I go wrong?? The sweatband is marked...
  15. Pilgrim

    J. Peterman Safari Jacket, Size 42R

    I have this very nice J. Peterman safari jacket for sale. As you can see from the photos, it's slightly too small for me. DANG!!! it's size 42R. It's a heavy twill fabric with beautiful construction - taped seams, vented back with strain relief on each side, heavy horn-style buttons on each...
  16. Pilgrim

    Potentially Dumb Question

    ...but it's the quesion you don't ask which has the potential to be dumbest. I have a cheap Panama which is too floppy. The brim won't hold its shape well at all. I know it could use some stiffener to give it more body, but I only have felt stiffener around...nothing labeled for straw. So -...
  17. Pilgrim

    Seven hats for sale - mostly 7 1/4!

    I have just listed seven hats for sale on Ebay, including a very nice chocolate brown homburg that I showed pix of here a couple of months ago. I think some of these should go to loungers - so I wanted to direct you to the sales...here you go.... A Dobbs Classic summer hat with lots of...
  18. Pilgrim

    Benefit concert in Colorado this Sunday

    In a separate thread there is a discussion of Colorado activities....I want to highlight a charity concert my band is playing this weekend. I play in a surf band Called Vintage Winds (code for Old Farts - check our YouTube channel at the link) and we are playing this Sunday from 12:30-2:30 for...
  19. Pilgrim

    Just watched Chinatown...

    ...for the first time in years. Not a very fast-moving film, but that's part of its noir style. I was moved to post because I think this is the best job Jack Nicholson has ever done in a film. No scenery-chewing, no flashes of "outrageous Jack". Just a steady, generally understated...
  20. Pilgrim

    A snapshot of change in US society

    This photo and caption appeared in today's paper. I was struck by the moment in time and shift in society captured in this photo. On the left is JFK - often credited (rightly or wrongly) with initiating the shift in US society from men wearing hats to not wearing them. On the right is Ike -...

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