My Grandfather's Hat

Discussion in 'Hats' started by AlanC, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. Randall Renshaw

    Randall Renshaw One Too Many

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    Here’s a fedora that no one is ever going to be able to wear, but I will still proudly display it in my house and on here at the lounge. My 85 year old father proudly gave this to me today. It was his Dad’s hat.
    A man who was one of the first Caucasian settlers in the grand Okeefenokee swamp located in southern Georgia not far from my house. It’s the biggest stand alone swamp in the US. My grandfather was one of the prohibition bootleggers who never got caught and continued making his moonshine up until his death at 76. I’m sure if this hat could talk, what stories it could tell! Though my Dad (his son)can tell some of the stories for it.
    The man under this hat tirelessly worked his farm and plowed his fields behind the ass of a mule. He was short in stature and when teased he would answer by saying, “Plowing forty acres with a mule will cause anyone to wear their height from the bottom faster than they can grow it on top!”
    My biggest memory of him was when I was a young snot I played in the corn crib with a few of his coon hounds and strew his stacked corn cobs all over the place. He whipped me and the dogs with a peach tree switch. He was of the old school sort who didn’t mind spanking his offspring, but I think it made him even more upset that I caused him to have to whip his dogs! [​IMG]
    Has anyone here ever heard of this hat brand? Windsor Club. I haven’t. As you can clearly see, a 6 7/8 hat fits a little tight on me. The moths have done their work, but from now on this hat will be well taken care of.
    Have a good evening, folks.
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  2. hatsRme

    hatsRme

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    Great stories, fantastic piece of family history, man. Cherish it!
     
  3. 1961MJS

    1961MJS My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Hi, I wish I had a nice story about my Grandfather's hat, or even my Dad's hat. Unfortunately, all I can relate is the reason that I dislike Stingy Brim hats. I found a couple of cheap Stingy Brim hats in our garage years ago. One was a brown plaid. Dad wore them until well before I was in high school in 1975. I asked why he didn't wear them and he said because Granny (his mother in law) said they look silly. I didn't disagree.

    I didn't end up with hats from either grandfather. Grandpa Mike (Dad's) wore Cardinal's ball caps, and Granddaddy Harv's hat probably got tossed when he passed away in 1979. He probably bought the hat during WW2.

    Later
     
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  4. Woodtroll

    Woodtroll Practically Family

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    What neat memories! Thank you so much for sharing the story of your family's hat.
     
  5. Short Balding Guy

    Short Balding Guy I'll Lock Up

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    My grandfather and I. My grandfather is the man in the hat. I was not wearing hats yet.

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    Best, Eric -
     
  6. quikrick

    quikrick Practically Family

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    Now that is truly AWESOME!
    Great pic.
     
  7. Randall Renshaw

    Randall Renshaw One Too Many

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    I suppose your nickname back then was, Short cute guy?
    Nice pic, Eric.


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  8. Filledtothebrim

    Filledtothebrim New in Town

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    This belonged to my Grandfather who worked for GM in those days. 20200311_161557.jpg 20200311_161557.jpg 20200311_161557.jpg 20200311_161557.jpg
     
  9. Peacoat

    Peacoat Bartender Bartender

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    Welcome to the Lounge.

    This thread more appropriately should be in the Hat section, so I will move it there when I get a few extra minutes.

    TFL is a big place with a lot going on. Below is a link to all of the forums we have here. Sort of a roadmap. You will see the Hat forum listed as the second forum under "Apparel."

    https://www.thefedoralounge.com/forums/
     
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  10. Andykev

    Andykev I'll Lock Up Bartender

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    thanks! Least of worries at this time Hahaha Any time no need to ask you have the magical power
     
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  12. Hat and Rehat

    Hat and Rehat Call Me a Cab

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  13. I found a couple photos of my maternal grandfather wearing a hat. No way of telling what hat it is from the photos.


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