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Show Us Your Vintage Hat Store

Discussion in 'Hats' started by BobHufford, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned Familiar Face

    The Great Lakes
    Brodt's...not quite a homburg?

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    Picture of original building posted by @alanfgag several years ago. That picture was of an advertised promo involving Babe Ruth in the 1920s.

    Below is the factory/store which they moved into in the early 1930s:


    Per "The American Hatter," Brodt's provided silk hats to several presidents:


    Various ads:

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    Library of Congress records
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018
  2. BobHufford

    BobHufford I'll Lock Up

    Springfield, MO, USA
    This one took some effort. FaceBook and connection to the local library kicked up the only photo of the store that I could find. Thanks to Eric Spall, Local History Librarian at the Ralph W. Stark Heritage Center / Lebanon Public Library.

    Dobbs Hanover Square.




    Eric states: "The Jones & Benigar clothing store at 119 W. Main St., Lebanon, opened in 1924 as Crooks and Jones (operated by Claude Crooks and Stanley E. Jones), replacing the Max Eichman clothing store. According to "Jones' Men's Wear Closing After 50 Year Span," Lebanon Reporter, June 5, 1975, Crooks sold his share to Chris Pevler in 1939 after which the store's name changed to Jones & Pevler. Pevler then sold to Gerald Benigar in 1942. Stanley Jones was succeeded by his son, Stanley Holloman Jones, following the elder Stanley's death in 1962. Benigar died October 21, 1968. In 1973, Jones changed the store's name to Jones' Men's Wear. The store closed in 1975. As reasons for closing, Jones cited rising costs, driven by increases in oil prices, and a decline in patronage. 119 W. Main St. is now a part of the Key Bank Building. The store specialized in men's clothing, but for a while it also had general boy's wear and Boy Scout departments.



    From 1933:


    From 1964:



    Today (demolished for the bank building):

  3. TheOldFashioned

    TheOldFashioned Familiar Face

    The Great Lakes
    Cavanagh homburg from a Morville in Philadelphia:

    This was the store located at 15th St and Walnut, which I believe was the flagship location:
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    Ad from later timeframe, but the fine print at the bottom lists approximately a dozen locations, with 15th & Walnut listed first:

    Some sleuthing says the original building later housed a bank before being torn down. Now the location is a Verizon Store and Cheesecake Factory. (Thanks reference building in the background)
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  4. Cornshucker77

    Cornshucker77 One Too Many

    Northeast Nebraska

    This doesn't show a hat store but the Omaha Stockyards use to have a western store near by ( I don't remember the name) where my dad bought me my first real hat. Dad sold cattle at the Stockyards and after we went to the store. I remember the sales clerk was an older man probably in his late 70's and he showed me how to properly put on a cowboy hat. I was probably about 7 -8 years old so that has stuck in my mind for more than 50 years now. Funny what things you remember. :)
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