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Who Killed Men's Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With 'I'
NPR ^ | Robert Krulwich

Posted on 05/06/2012 3:44:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

A hundred years ago — and that's when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn't leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women's.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; History; Society
KEYWORDS: ice; ick; ilk; ill; imp; ink; ion; ira; irk; its; ivy
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1 posted on 05/06/2012 3:44:23 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

Men without hats?


2 posted on 05/06/2012 3:50:36 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Daffynition
The real reason there are no hats

3 posted on 05/06/2012 3:53:28 AM PDT by Krankor
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To: Daffynition

As someone who’s last name translates to hat maker. I love hats.


4 posted on 05/06/2012 3:53:53 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Daffynition

I thought it was kennedy who changed things as the first president to go out in public without a hat?


5 posted on 05/06/2012 3:55:56 AM PDT by hoosierboy (I am not a gun nut, I am a firearm enthusiast!!!)
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To: Krankor

The safety dance by Men without hats. (they’re no friends of mine)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7movKfyTBII


6 posted on 05/06/2012 3:56:08 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Krankor

What a wonderful trip back in time ... thank you.


7 posted on 05/06/2012 4:03:36 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: BigCinBigD

Me, too.
Fewer hats means more skin cancer. I wonder if any experts have made that connection.


8 posted on 05/06/2012 4:09:21 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Daffynition

I for one have always been glad to live in a time when headgear is worn only by utilitarian necessity or personal expressive choice.


9 posted on 05/06/2012 4:10:20 AM PDT by Head Honco (Because I wanted it.)
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To: Daffynition

Hat are cool and women used to wear hats that required a hat pin which could come in handy as a tool of improvised self defense.


10 posted on 05/06/2012 4:11:05 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Krankor

when your budget is $300, there’s only so much you can do

:)

re-airing the old b-flicks with voice over was pure genius


11 posted on 05/06/2012 4:12:53 AM PDT by sten (fighting tyranny never goes out of style)
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To: Daffynition

“A hat should be taken off when you greet a lady and left off for the rest of your life. Nothing looks more stupid than a hat.”

P. J. O’Rourke


12 posted on 05/06/2012 4:14:14 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: Daffynition; Fred Nerks; LucyT; TigersEye

See the partial reveal of the placard on the upper left hand side of the photo?

AGITATE/EDUCATE

Much has changed since then but the agitate now in its present day is in its pre riot stages, as Obamas community organization Acorn etc sub rosa
creates the emotion to bring it about. What we see now is merely the tip of the riot iceberg.

The Obama movements supposition is that Americans are domestic cowards, and can be made fearful and shaped like a herd of docile cows. Is that supposition now true? So far it has proven true according to the Alinsky plan. The Supreme Court stands in Obamas way, and he is prepared to go against any ruling they make on the basis of “ Those Judges were not elected.”

We are in for a very rough ride.Obama knows full well the Obamacare Health Bill mandates are unconstitutional. So does the court. I believe a power struggle is now happening behind the scenes between the executive and judical branches of gvernment. The stupified Congress looks on in horror , at a time when they should be censuring the illegitimate presidents comments publicly and legislatively, and convening a military committee to secure the nation and the safety of the Supreme Court, and the independence of the States.

The executive branch of government is now a loose cannon on the deck of the ship of state.Its time for Congress to act
to tie it down.


13 posted on 05/06/2012 4:15:14 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: hoosierboy
I thought it was kennedy who changed things as the first president to go out in public without a hat?

BINGO! In 1960 my Dad, uncles, and friends fathers had hats. In 1961 only one bald uncle still wore one. Mom said it was a fad (going hatless), but that was the end. Hat's made you look old and since JFK, every middle aged man wanted to look young.

14 posted on 05/06/2012 4:16:11 AM PDT by Wingy (Don't blame me. I voted for the chick. I hope to do so again.)
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To: GraceG
women used to wear hats that required a hat pin which could come in handy as a tool of improvised self defense.

They'd get you strip searched by the TSA today.......LOL!

15 posted on 05/06/2012 4:16:13 AM PDT by Hot Tabasco (My 6 pack abs are now a full keg......)
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To: Daffynition
Sociaism rally.....Union square Manhattan

My God, the same leftist crap still goes on in that park to this day. Now the OWS terrorists, endorsed by Despot Mike Bloomberg, are camped out there. And if it isn't them, then it's always some other leftist organization, or should say disorganization whining and complaining. "Waaaah! We want free money! Waaah! Work sucks! Waaah! I wanna sit on my ass alll day and be supported by somebody else like a little baby! Waaaah!" I always throw something at them when I walk by there.

16 posted on 05/06/2012 4:24:40 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Daffynition

“Ike” isn’t a word, it’s a name.


17 posted on 05/06/2012 4:26:41 AM PDT by InvisibleChurch ( go in peace , serve the Lord)
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To: BigCinBigD

I’ve been wearing hats for about 40 years. Back then they were chiefly of the fishing hat or ball cap variety. I did wear a western hat to my senior photograph session in HS. They wouldn’t let me wear it for the photo but I did wear the colonel tie. Today I have 50 or more hats/caps in straw and felt and woven fabric. I’ve worn one to each of the Free Republic gatherings in DC. (1998 March for Justice, 2001 Inaugural Ball, the event a couple of years ago in Arlington VA)


18 posted on 05/06/2012 4:27:55 AM PDT by jimfree (In Nov 2012 my 11 y/o granddaughter will have more relevant executive experience than Barack Obama)
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To: Daffynition

I love hats. Fedoras and Trilbys especially. I also like caps. I still have my dad’s old driving cap somewhere. I don’t do the “newsboy cap”, though. I like the look, but in my area it seems to be a popular garment of choice for the OWS/granola/fleabag types.


19 posted on 05/06/2012 4:29:05 AM PDT by DemforBush (A Repo man is *always* intense!)
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To: Daffynition

When I was a child, remembering only back to early 50s with my parents, both men and women wore hats.
Today, I never go out without a hat, but I am bald ;)


20 posted on 05/06/2012 4:29:36 AM PDT by AlexW
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

Also, notice the sign: “Agitate.” They’ve been at it forever.


21 posted on 05/06/2012 4:30:56 AM PDT by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: Wingy

JFK would have wore a hat as well if he was bald but he still had the hairline of a 10 year old into his 40s. For some reason certain Irish men never lose a follicle of hair nor even go gray. Reagan was another example.


22 posted on 05/06/2012 4:32:04 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Some day our schools will teach the difference between "lose" and "loose")
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To: Daffynition

It’s the revenge of the beavers.


23 posted on 05/06/2012 4:33:02 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Daffynition
My dad was a salesman, and he wore a fedora every day of his working life. And he always wore his hat while driving his car. He never once wore a baseball cap or any other kind of hat. I take that back...he did wear some sort of cap while playing golf. Playing golf allows you to wear all sorts of weird clothes you normally wouldn't wear.

The real reason most men stopped wearing fedoras is they thought they looked silly in them. Men found out they can look silly without having to wear fedoras. I think wearing bermuda shorts and fedoras just didn't look good. They found baseball caps went well with shorts, knobby knees, and black sneakers. They still looked silly but not quite as silly. So men kept the bermuda shorts and ditched the fedoras. That's the real reason folks, bermuda shorts.

24 posted on 05/06/2012 4:35:29 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: jimfree

When I’m not inside I’m in a hat of some type. I have a water proof fedora 100% wool that’s at least 15 years old. I call it my rain hat. Still as good today as when new.


25 posted on 05/06/2012 4:36:21 AM PDT by BigCinBigD
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To: Larry Lucido

I could never stand wearing a hat or ballcap. As a kid I got plenty of grief growing up on the farm by everyone.

The marxist next door always wears a hat of some kind.


26 posted on 05/06/2012 4:38:24 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: knarf
I will stop at the 80s for a hat photo. As a rule I don't care for them on people but make an exception here.


27 posted on 05/06/2012 4:42:59 AM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: Daffynition

Modern restaurants — and even churches == have no place for a man’s hat. A man must remove his hat to eat, or in church — unless he’s a Texan. There are no hat racks, or little clips on the backs of the pew, anymore. So, what do you do with it indoors?


28 posted on 05/06/2012 4:42:59 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: hoosierboy

>>>I thought it was kennedy who changed things as the first president to go out in public without a hat?>>>

You’re right.


29 posted on 05/06/2012 4:52:49 AM PDT by kitkat (Obama, ROPE and CHAINS.)
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To: hoosierboy
I think there was a flap about his top hat at his inauguration.


30 posted on 05/06/2012 4:53:49 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Daffynition

The answer as to why people don’t wear hats anymore is simple; we live indoors all the time now, or are protected from the weather by air conditioning, driving everywhere, and etc.

At that time people were outdoors more. They walked city streets to go somewhere instead of driving. They were more subject to the weather, hot sun and rain etc. So they needed hats.


31 posted on 05/06/2012 4:54:01 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Daffynition
There's a book, Hatless Jack, that explores the myth that JFK ended hat-wearing for men, something that men had done since, well, forever.

The author uncovered proof that hat-wearing was on its way out since the early 20th century at least for mostly obvious reasons. One reason I hadn't thought of was resentment over the explosion in hat-checking whenever you entered a restaurant, bar, or club. Men recognized a racket when they saw it and refused to play the game.

Also, Jack Kennedy did indeed wear a hat. He didn't like being photographed wearing one as it altered his appearance drastically by making his eyes too prominent or so claimed the author.

32 posted on 05/06/2012 4:54:37 AM PDT by Oratam
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To: Daffynition

Interesting...all the examples of hatted men are Socialist Rallies, then the ultimate blame for hatlessness is attributed to Ike, The Automobile, The National Highway System, and INDIVIDUAL FREEDOM to travel in one’s own vehicle as opposed to the Collective Public Transportation System.

So are hats the the symbol of slavery to the collective (like BORG Implants) and Hatlessness the symbol of True American freedom?

Weird Hypothesis.

Especially since SOME people EXPRESS their Individuality with WEIRD hats! LOL!


33 posted on 05/06/2012 4:55:52 AM PDT by left that other site
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda

My grandfather on my mom’s side was a Northern Irishman.
He had a full head of gray hair until her passed on at 88 years.


34 posted on 05/06/2012 4:57:39 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: GraceG
Growing up....picking out your *Easter hat* was a joyous ritual. There were several millinery shops on every Main St. Kids today, wouldn't know what a millinery shop was :(


35 posted on 05/06/2012 5:01:27 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Krankor

Commando Cody! LOL


36 posted on 05/06/2012 5:03:16 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: wally_bert

She wears it well! Very pretty.


37 posted on 05/06/2012 5:25:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: afraidfortherepublic

God gave me a lap for temporary storage of both of my hats, in Church. In a restaurant, a vacant chair/table will do; otherwise, next to my chair:

Stetson ‘Indy’ Fedora:
http://www.villagehatshop.com/dorfman-pacific_indiana-jones_furfelt_fedora.html

Stetson ‘Outback’ Straw:
http://www.villagehatshop.com/stetson-hilton-outback-hat-natural.html

I have a full head of hair at 62, too. How long that’ll last is anyone’s guess. LOL.


38 posted on 05/06/2012 5:36:57 AM PDT by carriage_hill (((.)))
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To: Daffynition
I think there was a flap about his top hat at his inauguration.

In the original Charlie Chan novel (1920s?), a proper Bostonian is sent by his family to retrieve his wayward aunt from Hawaii.

It's train to SF, and boarding the ship to Hawaii, a young coed gives him grief about his top hat hat box - "...in the tropics? Really?" He chucks it over the side, and immediately regrets getting rid of the box, a present from his mother, but relieved he doesn't have to haul it, and its contents around.

39 posted on 05/06/2012 5:39:30 AM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: Daffynition

Interesting perspective in this article.

I remember my parents both wearing hats in the 50’s and into the 60’s. My father had some of those gray Fedora types - he was in sales and later an executive.

And being a Marine for almost 30 years, meant a lot of time under hats for me. Only we called them covers.

Now, as an ORF (Old Retired Fart), my hats are mostly baseball caps...Go Cubs Go...or wide brimmed to provide protection from the sun.


40 posted on 05/06/2012 5:48:07 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

We have the little clips on the back of our pews. Of course the pews have been there for about 80 years. Removed and partly refinished when the floor was redone but the same massive oak pews from the early 20thc.


41 posted on 05/06/2012 5:48:18 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Larry Lucido

Ya PJ - about as stupid as skin cancer. Try going to the docter every six months to have things cut off your head! More hats = less skin cancer.


42 posted on 05/06/2012 5:48:25 AM PDT by wewereright
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To: left that other site

You expected something unweird from NPR?


43 posted on 05/06/2012 5:49:57 AM PDT by Houghton M.
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To: Candor7

AGITATE/EDUCATE/ORGANIZE - old commie slogan.


44 posted on 05/06/2012 5:50:31 AM PDT by CDFingers (Liars and Commies and Czars Oh My!)
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To: Daffynition
i read it was because of JFK not wearing a hat for his inauguration...
45 posted on 05/06/2012 6:00:20 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: knarf

Was that from the movie reviews by the guys in silouhette from behind, Tom Servo...somebody else and somebody else ? What IS the name of that hilarious program?


46 posted on 05/06/2012 6:03:16 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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To: wally_bert

I could never stand wearing a hat or ballcap. ....That is the only bitch I had while in the military. Until an Phillipino Ranger gave me an Aussie style hat, which was never questioned by my superiors.


47 posted on 05/06/2012 6:11:00 AM PDT by Safetgiver (The predator class is upset because they are being shot.)
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To: Safetgiver
You're thinking of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K) - one of the most original and funniest series, ever (IMHO).
48 posted on 05/06/2012 6:12:50 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: Daffynition

Pictures like that are always cool. I always notice how skinny everyone is.


49 posted on 05/06/2012 6:13:42 AM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: Daffynition

100 years later: the hats may be gone but the truth remains: those who most loudly promote the cause of “Labor” are those least likely to actually desire work.


50 posted on 05/06/2012 6:15:57 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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