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Late 1920s or early 1930s navy blue reverse taper Beaumont Hats by Tower Hat Corp. Limited hat. Can't find any information on this company ever existing, it probably folded in the early days of the Depression. Ribbon is made of the hat's felt (!!!), and the only damage is to the liner and sweatband (which is unfortunately torn in two places). The slightly fuzzy blue felt is most likely rabbit, and has occasional white hairs mixed in with the blue. 2 1/4" brim.
Late 1930s or 1940s Wegener black beaver felt hat. German-made, picked it up when I was in Japan. I rolled it up into a cone to bring it to Canada, and it unrolled just perfectly. Felt, ribbon, and sweatband are immaculate, but the Wegener logo in the centre of the crown is a little worn (and creased, maybe it was originally a centre dent?). 2 1/4" brim, nice straight sides on the crown. If anything good came from the Axis Powers, it's that they made some nice hats.
Modern flat cap by Monsivais Caps. The shape when worn is absolutely fantastic due to the full crown, and it's warm enough in the winter. I can unsnap the crown from the brim and pull the edges down over my ears to keep my entire head warm without getting hat hair; hats like this are great and I should probably get some more of them.
1923~1928 riding/work black bowler hat by Kauffman. What do I mean when I say "riding"? I mean that this thing is so stiff and thick that it could literally take the impact of a bullet from a revolver and your head would still be intact. It's a marvel of workmanship, with the sweatband being made of combination quilted silk (hand-stitched to the underside of the brim) and white drawstring leather to ensure a perfect fit. The ribbon is in perfect shape, and exhibits the angled and frayed edge commonly found in 1920s hats. I can't find a flaw on this thing; this is the jewel of my collection and a good stopping point for this septuple post spam.
Wait, I forgot this one. Septuple post spam doesn't work with only six posts.
Likely 1940s Brock unlined brown felt. Felt is in okay shape, but there is some staining on the brim from many years of use, and like the Stetson, the pinch has worn thinner than the rest of the felt. The ribbon is in decent shape with a small amount of fading but nothing really noticeable. I like the darker ribbon used for the crown and lighter ribbon for the brim, it frames the felt nicely. Straight-sided crown with very slight reverse taper on the sides, and 2 3/8" brim.
With the exception of the porkpie, I generally go for straight-sided crowns because those fit my head shape best. My head is more bulbous up top and requires more space on the sides for a hat to fit correctly, and I've found that only straight or reverse taper sides can provide that fit for me. Other shapes did exist back then, but it's almost impossible to find tall crowns with straight sides today. Also of note are the unreeded sweatbands (leather sewn directly to the hat felt) on the navy Tower Hat Corp. and the brown Brock; I've found they provide unparalleled flexibility and comfort compared to the stiffer reeded ones found in the majority of post-Depression hats. You can't get those any more, they require a special machine to be sewn on that almost nobody has.
I think the prejudice against pink shirts exists only among a few knuckle-draggers. F'r Gawdsake, even Dick Cheney rocked a pink necktie on occasion. He may not have been God's gift to good government (at least in the opinion of many), but I don't think even his worst enemies would accuse him of being a Nellie.
On the other hand, at one time the legend widely circulated among young people that all "queers" (as we then called them) wore green on Thursday as a recognition symbol.