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  1. Brad Bowers

    Brad Bowers I'll Lock Up

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    I didn't know there was one.

    Actually, I think the character limit has made you quite witty. Brevity is best, in many cases.

    Brad
    (who hasn't changed his signature line since the Hoover administration, I think)
     
  2. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Vintage Stetson Homburg Banker hat

    I find that my Stetson ST.Regis is a superior quality homburg but the brim is just a bit to small for me. Wonder if anyone knows of a Stetson banker hat with a greater than 2 1/2 rolled brim homburg/banker style that was vintage made? Perhaps a variation of the St.Regis in the Royal De Luxe line?
     
  3. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Hatter

    Anyone know anything date wise HX wise about Reuben's 932-34 Leith Street Flint Michigan? A seller of a hat I acquired.
     
  4. jwalls

    jwalls Vendor

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    You might try 'Tacky Glue'. This is a fabric glue that works pretty well for me.
     
  5. Also craft shops have heated glue guns & fabric glue sticks. That is what a local hat shaper repairs ribbons & replaces liners with. HTH
     
  6. ScottF

    ScottF Call Me a Cab

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    I had a jet-black '50s Stetson with a wide pencil-roll brim. A real beauty, but didn't look right on me:

    Black Stetson-ebay
     
  7. buler

    buler I'll Lock Up

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    What is the oldest fur felt Stetson fedora we've had on the lounge?

    B
     
  8. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    It's pretty hard to confirm dates. The oldest one that I can think of with an almost certain date is a 1902 derby..
     
  9. buler

    buler I'll Lock Up

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    Thanks Lefty, but I'm talking "fedora"-style, not derby/homburgs. I saw one picture of a lining of a grey stetson with the John B Stetson Grand Prize paris logo. Not sure if that was a fedora or not.

    B
     
  10. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    I believe that both Marc and Garrett have one of those. Here's Marc's, though I don't think we've seen a photo of the outside, and here's Garrett's. I don't know if you'd call the one I recently picked-up a fedora or not, but it's here.
     
  11. Justdog

    Justdog Practically Family

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    Black roll

    Very nice. It is true how one may have a vision of a hat one wants but when the quest is quenched the taste is not always as sweet as one has dreamed:eusa_doh:
     
  12. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    felt thickness vs. stiffener?

    OK, I tried to delete this post on the main thread, but I don't see a way to do it. Anyhow, I now realize this is the best place to post this question:
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    I got a new Stetson Temple yesterday in the mail. I was surprised to see that the felt is two or three times thicker than on my Fed IV which is "heritage grade felt." Another surprise was that they seem to be equally stiff. My question is, is this due to one felt being superior to the other in quality? Or is this a matter of thickness of felt? Or is it that the thinner felt on the Fed IV just has more stiffener?
     
  13. Tried searching but no joy. Can some kind soul direct me to the thread on O.P.S. labels in hats? I'd like to know when they stopped using them. Thanks
     
  14. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    I don't think we have a thread specifically about the label (though we do have a recent club thread for OPS hats here). Here's the quote that ends up in every thread where OPS is mentioned:

    O.P.S. = Office of Price Stabilization = Korean War vintage bueaucracy = 1950 - 1953



    Administrative History

    Established: In the Economic Stabilization Agency, by General Order No. 2, Economic Stabilization Administrator, January 24, 1951. Director of Price Stabilization appointed November 30, 1950, under provisions of EO 10161, September 9, 1950, pursuant to the Defense Production Act of 1950 (64 Stat. 798), September 8, 1950.

    Functions: Obtained voluntary compliance with measures to stabilize prices. Established and administered price regulations. Operated through 14 regional and about 90 district offices in principal cities of the United States and its territories and possessions, assisted by industry advisory committees.

    Abolished: April 30, 1953, pursuant to EO 10434, February 6, 1953, following the decontrol of all prices and the expiration of price control provisions of the Defense Production Act. Liquidation activities terminated, June 30, 1953, and residual functions reverted to the Economic Stabilization Agency.
     
  15. Lefty

    Lefty I'll Lock Up

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    I was just at an estate sale and saw 2 40s Playboys with the same liner - the Royal Stetson you'd expect at the top, but mesh satin (or rayon, whatever it is) on the sides. Unfortunately, I don't have photos.

    The question: has anyone else seen this type of liner?



    (All hats were $5. There was also a Strat and a Lee Black Label [in Playboy style], but all of the hats were either 7 or 6 3/4 and really, really dirty.)
     
  16. CRH

    CRH Call Me a Cab

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    Ageing woven paper and shelac

    I recently aquired this Stetson Genuine Panapore hat. I my judgment it is made from a woven and shellacked paper fiber - the same stuff used in popular 'straw' cowboy hats.


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    The underside of the brim is yellowed which is consistent with the appearance of some aged cowboy hats I have seen. The crown, however, appears to be mottled with what looks to be varying shades of eggshell colored paint. Maybe it is paint.???

    Here's my question:

    Is this sort of mottling on the crown consistent with the aging process of these shellacked paper hats?
     
  17. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee One Too Many

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    Thank you.

    High Pockets,
    Thank you. I finally got around to trying to rework the brim that was giving me so much trouble. I used a spray bottle rather than steam, and I think I've probably got a few more sessions of work before I get it just right, but this put me on the right track.

    Spats

     
  18. Halfbreedinkc

    Halfbreedinkc New in Town

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    New Member Question

    I'm a new member to the site, and so far it's been educational, informative, and...pretty darn cool. The reason I joined, and my question is this - I've been searching for a hat like the one worn by Sean Connery in the movie 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'. It appears to be a safari/outback style with an exceptionally wide brim/low crown, so my question (and I started searching the previous hat threads but my eyes started to get blurry - there's a LOT of them) is, does anyone know who might have made said hat for the movie and where I might find one? Or at least point me in the right direction. The closest I've found so far is the Akubra Territory, and it's very close, but not quite exact.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    HBinKC
     
  19. 4and1

    4and1 One of the Regulars

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    HB... If the two hats are close you could possibly reshape the Akubra to get something like what you want.
     
  20. duggap

    duggap Banned

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    After looking at Alan's pics of the hats on the Arabia, I was wondering if any of the sweats survived, or did they even have sweats back then. So the question is, when did they start using sweat bands in hats.:rolleyes:
     

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