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Familiar Face
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Just started brushing up and working on my circa 1930 Marathon "Wyoming". Covered with dirt, critter damage and appropriately I guess.....wood fire ash.:oops:

This is one hell of a hat......7" Crown and 4 1/4" brim!!!!!!:D

I picked it up a few years ago and it needed isolation and rest....it was actually damp! So slowly dried with dehumidifying pellets and moth balls. Critters are all dead and the sweat and felt are none the worse for wear, which shows to the quality!!!!

It will still show its history when done including the ash stains but this hat will wear its history well.....AND
it is a true 7 1/2..........with the blocking tag to show it!!!!!:p

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I’d be tempted to put a new sweat band in it and wear it as is.
 

M Hatman

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I’d be tempted to put a new sweat band in it and wear it as is.
Well this is a around a 100 year old hat...so...I will not be wearing it much at all. This will be a display hat.
The Model is paying homage to their (J C Penney's) beginnings in Kemmerer, Wyoming.

I was looking at the logo and it does not say Marathon (but is a Marathon Logo) but simply "Headwear" within the logo where Marathon would be, with "Men and Boys" at the top, may be a precursor to the Marathon branding, so may be older than I thought at first.....

It also is stamped Reg. U S Pat Office.....not sure I have seen that before either....really should be copyright or registered trademark.

Need to photograph the blocking tag if I can....

EDIT: Here is an article from 2014 on J C Penney House Brands....

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Of course the pictured store display is not from 1914......

Marathon Hats – 1914​

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This is how it all started: a line of elegant fedoras that was the first of what would become many in-house brands for Penney, launched a century ago this year.
 
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Familiar Face
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EDIT: Here is an article from 2014 on J C Penney House Brands....

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Of course the pictured store display is not from 1914......

Marathon Hats – 1914​

marathon-hats-1914.jpg

This is how it all started: a line of elegant fedoras that was the first of what would become many in-house brands for Penney, launched a century ago this year.
Back in the early 1950s there was a hatter on Asylum Street in Hartford, CT, the name of which has long since erased itself from my memory.

I seem to recall a very similar display in their window, but no doubt without the Marathon branding.

I have no recollection of when they vanished.
 
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A very nice looking hat, which you can bash at your whim. I have a long face, so it probably wouldn’t work for me.
Thank you. If you wear the Rand Gambler you posted you could wear the style. I first saw this pic in a magazine some yrs ago & always wanted to clone one.

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Hats like the Resistol HI-7 have enough crown height but have a lot of taper. When I saw the Akubra Woomera I thought it to be a good candidate.

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pic credit to Michael R. & his Woomera.

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Picked this up on my trip to Orlando, I was looking at a few of the brands at Cavenders but their selection of straw hats was poor and If I liked a hat they wouldn't have my size of 7 3/8. The sales person at Cavenders told me they were having trouble getting stock so I tried the Boot Barn and they had a better selection and the first hat that caught my eye was at the top of the display wall and when the salesman got it down for me it was my size, I put it on and it fit perfectly. I was not looking for an American Hat and the price was more than I had budgeted for but the wife could see how much I wanted it and told me to get it but I said no It's too much and we left empty handed. Two days later I was back. I wore it all around Orlando and even while in the hotel room. I'm home now and It's still on my head.
It's an American Hat Company Tuf Cooper 8810
 

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