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Mighty44

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Hello all—

I’m super sorry to see the end of felt season and pushing it as long as I can.

In the meantime I pulled my lone straw hat out of the closet—a modern woven hemp Stratoliner I bought last year and wore all summer.

The brim seems to have curled up over the winter—as if the binding is pulling it up all around. I tried steaming and pressing flat with my hands with no improvement. Is there a next step? Could I iron this with a cloth shield and lots of steam? I wouldn’t mind if it was much flatter but don’t want to destroy the hat.

Thanks for any suggestions!

David
 

jlee562

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Does anyone know anything about the (Stetson?) Big Four Hat? @Robieman posted a replica he had Major Mike build. That is pretty much what I'm imagining my next hat to be. Any insight would be appreciated.

Have yourself a look through the Miller Stockman thread. Shows up in a few ads.


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ILB Frank

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I went through all of the Miller-Stockman thread. This ad from 1931 claims the Big Four was around since 1891 (40 years) and was also referred to as the Big Cord.
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No real idea when this style disappeared as I don't know how complete the catalog postings were for the years in the thread. The last year I saw this style was the 1938 catalog.

@carouselvic do you know what year your posted ad was from?
 

Mighty44

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Hello all—

I’m super sorry to see the end of felt season and pushing it as long as I can.

In the meantime I pulled my lone straw hat out of the closet—a modern woven hemp Stratoliner I bought last year and wore all summer.

The brim seems to have curled up over the winter—as if the binding is pulling it up all around. I tried steaming and pressing flat with my hands with no improvement. Is there a next step? Could I iron this with a cloth shield and lots of steam? I wouldn’t mind if it was much flatter but don’t want to destroy the hat.

Thanks for any suggestions!

David
Okay—I’m going to answer my own question! I decided the hat looked too ridiculous to wear either the brim curling up front and back so I had nothing to lose. I ironed it with a dish towel and it came out perfect—that slightly flat stratoliner brim with just a little tension in the binding to snap it up and down. Recommended.

David
 

M Hatman

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I went through all of the Miller-Stockman thread. This ad from 1931 claims the Big Four was around since 1891 (40 years) and was also referred to as the Big Cord.
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No real idea when this style disappeared as I don't know how complete the catalog postings were for the years in the thread. The last year I saw this style was the 1938 catalog.

@carouselvic do you know what year your posted ad was from?
I think the refence to the "Big Cord" is for the introduction of the new style band (a six cord) as being introduced in this ad.....so would not mean the hat was ever called that...especially since prior to this it did not sport a cord ribbon.
 

Florida Boii

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To my eyes it is a decidedly 60's era look. With perhaps even a taller, fuller crown than is usual for that period. Earliest would be late 1950's?
Thanks for your reply…I thought so as well but just wanted to make sure, I love 60s style stingy brims and that’s basically all I own but I have hats that are 2.38 brim which is a little bigger than the average 60s hat and just wanted to get some clarity on it since it was bugging me not knowing lol
 

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