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Discussion in 'Hats' started by ScottF, Sep 29, 2009.
...for Resistol pics, discussions
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Here's a worthless post - the edited thread had dropped out of sight.
I haven't collected much on Resistol.
Nice ads, Lefty!
I had one nice Resistol pass through my hands about a year ago, but it didn't fit, so I sold it to a fellow Lounge member. Then, recently, I bought a Resistol cowboy hat from jonbuilder for my first conversion. These pictures have all been posted in other threads, but here they are.
I still have some work to do on it, particularly in shaping the brim, but I like it.
Thanks Lefty. I only have owned one (still have it), and it has a round, gold label, a pleated liner that connects at the side, and one of the tight 2-loop white bows at the back. The sweat is sewn over the reed, like a '40s hat, but it also has a plastic liner cover. It's 'Kitten Finish' XXXXX Beaver. I was hoping to see some interior pics of other Resistols for comparison - my camera is dead
Resistol is a fine hat.
Both the Boss, MK and I got each a N.O.S. (new-old stock) Resistol fedora from Art Fawcett when he has his store in the Bay Area. I got the dark grey/blue one, and MK got a Brown (I think).
Each hat had the "owners manual" in it, and the size tag, price tag in mint condition. The felt is flawless, and typical "late 40 -early 50" stiff (but in no way compared to todays felt).
I don't wear this hat, it is stored in my "collection" stack of hats. We posted pics a few years ago....here on the lounge. Try a search. Some posts were lost when the Lounge went to the new host server.
I did some searches yesterday and found MANY Resistol threads, but with only a few posts in each, and very few liner/sweat photos - most of the old links are no longer with us.
So...if some of you could re-post your photos here, we could have a single gathering place for people to bookmark for the future.
I'm quite proud of the one I just picked up, and as soon as I get the new ribbon on it, and locate a camera, I'll get pics posted.
The tag inside lists the color as "Quarry". Shown here with a couple of ties to show the true color.
Here it is in action:
Resistols I have purchased...
My late 1970's Stagecoach with a "Gus" crease...
This is a modified western Resistol, made it my Rawhide hat...
Gave this one to my brother...
I had somethin to say about this brand here:
Here's my Resistol - a Jet 707, according to the price tag.
The liner states that it's a Byer-Rolnick product, so I'd guess 60's. (Also, the 707 designation would suggest that decade!)
My hat off to you Scott for starting this thread, I kicking the idea around for a couple of weeks just never took the plunge. I was thing about “Resistol the Best Keep Secret” because of the relatively low price some very good vintage Resistols can be purchased. Any way here are some pictures o my vintage Resistols. I through it may be old due to the oilcloth-lining protector at the crown. The felt is heavy western weight but soft. The color is silver gray with a blue hue in some light. I recently clean the hat in bath of colmen-stove fuel since the cleaning I have not noticed the blue hew as predominantly. I believe the felt has a high beaver content based on the feel
By the way, I love the Lounge tradition of using alliteration in the thread titles :eusa_clap
I've seen some very interesting Resistols show up here, especially westerns, but also some great fedoras. My label is similar to yours, but the gold and purple are inversed. Also, where yours says "The Most Comfortable Hat Made", mine says instead "Designed by Harry Rolnick". Maybe yours is mid-40s and mine is early '50s? I guess my comments are fairly worthless without pics
A larger version of the Resistol Bogart ad.
The OPS tag dates it to 1950-1953.
OOPS , sorry double post
The tag on the box says it is a San Antonio .
I just got it and haven't had a chance to do anything but take some before pics.
I have no idea as to when it was made but it came with the original box and sales tag, minus the right side which had the price on it , I believe.
Kitten Finish XXXX
Here's my only Resistol - 2 7/8" slightly curled (just a touch) brim. It had one of the 1940's-style thin ribbons, which I removed.
I'm probably going to put this brown 1940's Knox ribbon on it, but haven't sewn it on yet - might go with black.
It is a very soft finish - not like any other hat I've 'felt'. Not stiff, but also not floppy.
This is my favorite Resistol; it is sort of Whippet-like, very soft and creased as it wanted to be.