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Black Fedoras : Like 'em? Hate 'em?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Marc Chevalier, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. deadlyhandsome

    deadlyhandsome I'll Lock Up

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    Looking at what has survived, its apparent that black hats outnumbered all others by a large margin. Was this because people preferred black or was it a case of the Model T where you could have it in any color you wanted as long as it was black?

    People also used to wear black frock coats, stiff detachable collars, and one piece underwear: I don’t venerate things because they’re they way it used to be.

    With black fedoras, I think it’s something you can warm to once you see them done right.


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  2. crawlinkingsnake

    crawlinkingsnake One of the Regulars

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    hmmmmm, good thought Streak. I'd tend to agree but gotta say I've had trouble warming up to black. But when you mention "old school gangster", hey I'm kinda liking that thought. Also saw a mention of Bing Cherry with Periwinkle ribbon... now there's another thought also! Might have to check into something along that line. :rolleyes:
     
  3. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange I'll Lock Up

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    As I think I said years ago near the start of this thread, I can't wear black hats. With a black hat, I look too much like a Chasidic Jew... and I'm merely a lapsed Reform Jew!

    I don't "hate" black hats. But dark gray - like Akubra's Carbon/Steel/Mid-Grey - is as close to black as I personally wear.
     
  4. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    Charcoal hats have a special place on my hat rack. Black hats matter.

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    Best, Eric -
     
  5. mayserwegener

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    There was a resistance against other than black hats by the English and American Felt Hat Industries. They also resisted European Style Soft Felt Dress Hat styles and there was more color die knowledge by main land European Felt Hat Companies regarding Soft Felts.
     
  6. steur

    steur I'll Lock Up

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    There was actually a good practical reason for this as well. Back then all the heating was done by either coal or wood, industry was right in the middle of towns and airpollution was rife. A lighter coloured suit or hat probably wouldn't last you an hour. Black clothign and black hats make a lot more sense in those conditions. Brushing off clothing was done for far more good reason than today: you were likely covered in soot if you had been outside for any significant period of time.
     
  7. WOW!! Really....really...nice!
     
  8. SPEACHLESS........:eek:;) Beautiful!! I would love to find one in my size......:rolleyes:;)
     
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  9. YES!!!! I too have several black hats AND I wear them with, well...anything and everything!
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  10. Or inside too really, wood and coal stoves and fireplaces...tallow candles, manufactured gas and kerosene lamps and fixtures....lots of sooty and greasy things EVERYWHERE!!
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    PS Here is a quick black hat contribution......a Mayser.....which I wore this past Saturday while out and about......grey ribbon gives a nice contrast! 20181119_180921.jpg 20181119_180951.jpg 20181115_183458.jpg
     
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  11. mayserwegener

    mayserwegener

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    Mark, Unfortunately this one is tiny. I rarely buy hats there are not my size range but couldn't pass this one up.
     
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  12. Me too......this one is a size 7.....so.....I will never wear it:(....but....sometimes a hat just needs saving!:rolleyes::)
    A Kingbury velour, 1920's.....perhaps earlier......absolutly too nice to languish in a antique shop.:rolleyes: AND in keeping with the black hat theme.....I WOULD wear it if I could!;) 155605143438622529154.jpg
    AND AS AN EDIT: here is my modern production Whippet (re-creased of course) which is my rainy day go to hat!;) Extremely practical, I DO NOT worry about it spotting in the rain!:rolleyes::) I wear it a LOT actually and also my black strat! 20190424_095304.jpg As an additional measure of blackness for my hats.....here is the grand daddy of black hats....my modern production Stetsonian!:):):):):) And YES, I wear it as pictured, center crease only AND no offence to Bob......brim UP!:rolleyes: 20190424_095512.jpg
     
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  13. steur

    steur I'll Lock Up

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    Nice examples, Mark. I really like the shape of that Stetsonian.
     
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  14. Yes....I really like the Stetsonian too!!!! It is much as it was in 1949 (sans the wind cord)....
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    And the same still in 1950-51.
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    I may have a wind cord added to at least my black one!;)
     
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  15. Garrett

    Garrett My Mail is Forwarded Here

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  16. alanfgag

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    Lol...!
     
  17. SOMEWHERE here I posted it some time ago....missing the liner it has one of those sweats that is corded/ribboned all the way around...can not remember what tags (if any were) present......

    Did a quick google search and here you go....I forgot I found interesting things behind the sweat too!!!!
    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/post-new-hats-here.28145/page-1855
     
  18. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes One Too Many

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    I like black hats. I have two and I think that’s enough for me. Unless I get a black straw.

    Vintage Adam.
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    Knox Twenty.
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  19. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey Practically Family

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    Bill, and others, has an old black cherry to die for. Of course, I'm not sure those really fall into the traditional black category.
     
  20. alanfgag

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    Love 'em. And as I get older and grayer I love 'em even more.

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