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My application for membership in the Open Road Guild:
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Based on the liner, keyhole size tag, and price, I’m saying it’s a late 1950’s. The felt is thin and soft, and it required steam to hold the crease I have in it. Brim is 2 3/4”, crown is roughly 5 1/8” open. It has let me know that these are my preferred hat dimensions.

Nice pick-up, Snowman! Gotta admit, C102 is an unusual block for an OR.
 

Rmccamey

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If it says OR, it must be an OR. Very nice. My first and one of my best is an RD OR.



My application for membership in the Open Road Guild:
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Based on the liner, keyhole size tag, and price, I’m saying it’s a late 1950’s. The felt is thin and soft, and it required steam to hold the crease I have in it. Brim is 2 3/4”, crown is roughly 5 1/8” open. It has let me know that these are my preferred hat dimensions.
 
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Thanks. I’m enjoying it. Tell me more about the block code and why this one is unusual.

Well, apparently not as unusual as I thought. I did a cursory review of this thread, and though there aren't too many references, there are more references to the 102 block than I thought. I own three ORs, though none have block numbers on the re-order tags. My wife's 3X OR has block C(something)42, the (something) is either a 5 or 6, I think, but is faded. I had mistakenly thought that ORs most commonly came with a 122 block (which is a Playboy block, for one).

While not very helpful with ORs - I didn't look real hard - here is a thread which attempts to categorize Stetson block numbers: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/stetson-block-profile-numbers.62324/
 
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Well, apparently not as unusual as I thought. I did a cursory review of this thread, and though there aren't too many references, there are more references to the 102 block than I thought. I own three ORs, though none have block numbers on the re-order tags. My wife's 3X OR has block C(something)42, the (something) is either a 5 or 6, I think, but is faded. I had mistakenly thought that ORs most commonly came with a 122 block (which is a Playboy block, for one).

While not very helpful with ORs - I didn't look real hard - here is a thread which attempts to categorize Stetson block numbers: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/stetson-block-profile-numbers.62324/

This discussion got me curious and since it started over an RD OR, I peeked behind my only RD OR. I haven’t looked at any of the others.

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Snowman

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Well, apparently not as unusual as I thought. I did a cursory review of this thread, and though there aren't too many references, there are more references to the 102 block than I thought. I own three ORs, though none have block numbers on the re-order tags. My wife's 3X OR has block C(something)42, the (something) is either a 5 or 6, I think, but is faded. I had mistakenly thought that ORs most commonly came with a 122 block (which is a Playboy block, for one).

While not very helpful with ORs - I didn't look real hard - here is a thread which attempts to categorize Stetson block numbers: https://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/stetson-block-profile-numbers.62324/
Thanks for the thread reference. It was quite informative and interesting, but it really didn’t shed any light on the 102 block question. I hadn’t paid much attention to the block numbers before, but now I need to go back and look and some of my unnamed Stetsons and see what they are.
 
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I have another 3X, a few years earlier than the other, that has the onion skin covered LD liner and white production tag but sweat has obliterated the numbers but for a slight 1 that can be read in the blocking space. My 50’s, likely later in the decade, 7X CB OR has no production info within.
 

PDXHAT

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Here's a pic of me from the 90s putting an Open Road to good use.

Now, a question: I have always felt that the proper color for an Open Road is Silverbelly. But lately, with the gloomy weather here in Portland, I've been hankering for a black 6x Open Road. However, I don't want to make the same mistake I made in 1983 when at the age of 29 I thought the best color for my first Burberry was navy blue. (It wasn't, a mistake I corrected, eventually.)

So: where do y'all come down on color for an Open Road? Is anything but Silverberry another Navy Burberry? :)
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AbbaDatDeHat

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Here's a pic of me from the 90s putting an Open Road to good use.

Now, a question: I have always felt that the proper color for an Open Road is Silverbelly. But lately, with the gloomy weather here in Portland, I've been hankering for a black 6x Open Road. However, I don't want to make the same mistake I made in 1983 when at the age of 29 I thought the best color for my first Burberry was navy blue. (It wasn't, a mistake I corrected, eventually.)

So: where do y'all come down on color for an Open Road? Is anything but Silverberry another Navy Burberry? :)
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Ahh...the vintage black unicorn Open Road would be just dandy i believe.
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