Fedoras in the 19th Century.

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  1. rlk

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    Tracing the term's origins as applied to hats. Earliest history of the soft felt hat with projecting curving brim and creased crown that were called "Fedora". A spot for ads, photos, articles and maybe a few actual hats.
     
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    I Can find a number of photos of Sarah Bernhardt as Fédora but none with a felt hat unfortunately. Hat was probably actually something associated more with a men's Tyrolean and her influence was more an International popularization and name association(think Kleenex or Jello), not a new and original style concept(except perhaps for women).

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    First USA performance opened October 1, 1883 NYC
    Fanny Davenport brought an English language version to the USA in Oct. 1883 and toured. Playing repeatedly in NYC and other cities during the decade. Bernhardt came in 1887(in French).
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    Again many photos and none with a felt hat.

    Well, a possibility with Fanny Davenport(went through 99 photos from Theater Collection)
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    AMUSEMENTS.; THE SYMPHONY SOCIETY'S CONCERT. METROPOLITAN OPERA-HOUSE. ACADEMY OF MUSIC. MUSIC AND MUSICIANS. PLAYS AND ACTORS.

    November 18, 1883, Wednesday
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    From New Zealand Papers

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    Page 5 Advertisements Column 2
    Otago Witness , Issue 1875, 28 October 1887, Page 5
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    By 1884 Advertisement of Men's Fedora Hats are common(Pay per view Chicago and Boston papers). Little seems to be accurate in the often cited Fedora early history.
    Fedora style seems most often applied to women's vests and trim more than hats and the men's hats seem to pick up the name almost immediately.
     
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    1896 Germany

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    1829 reference...maybe....

    Its a limited preview, but the Encyclopedia Americana International Edition listed as 1829 in google books shows an entry "fedora(hat)". Just not sure that the 1829 directly references the year of that Encyclopedia or the year that Americana Corp. started producing Encyclopedias. [huh]


    Never mind. I found a full view of this and 1829 was the "first published" date for the Encyclopedia.....

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    Montgomery Ward 1895

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    Certainly clear that the most early Fedoras would now be more associated with the Homburg style.
     
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    Sears Roebuck & Co. 1897

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    1880's Boston Marathon

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    The Soft Hat

    The Connecticut magazine, Volume 7 edited by William Farrand Felch, George C. Atwell, H. Phelps Arms, Francis Trevelyan Miller

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    Clothier and Furnisher 24 1895
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    Fedora seems to be the popular term for the "Tourist" class of hat to the trade
     
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    The Clothier and furnisher, Volume 26 1896

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    Some Magazine References

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    The reporter's nosegay: brightest and best blossoms from the Philadelphia ... By Char

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    Great stuff!:eusa_clap :eusa_clap

    Early Fedoras look much like the Homburg, but I'm guessing they're much softer, earning them a distinction.

    This is certainly going to be the most definitive source on the Fedora.

    Brad
     
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