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August 17, 2023

100 Years Ago No Men Would Go Outside Without a Hat on

In the first half of the 20th century, it was the social norm for men to be seen out an about with a hat on their head. Through the decades, the arrival of European immigrant communities to New York brought new styles and culture in headware.

The purchase of a hat was an investment, and item of clothing to be worn with pride and respected more than any other item of a man’s wardrobe. Most hats were bought from local haberdashers or department stores while it is likely that some could be acquired secondhand.

Below are some vintage photographs around the turn of the 20th century show seas of caps and hats in just about every crowd shot.


  1. 100 years ago most men were not circumcised so both heads were covered. I wish we had kept the foreskin instead of throwing out the hats.

  2. There were people who took off their hats. In fact, in 1920, the most brilliant wave of Spanish artists in history emerged, who began to promote revolutionary and liberal ideas.
    Los Sinsombrero "The hatless people" freed themselves from the headdresses and hats on their heads, taking off their hats as a sign that they should open their minds to the sky.
    The name and act responds to the gesture of taking off their hats in public done by Maruja Mallo, Margarita Manso, Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca at the Puerta del Sol, un Madrid. They were injured because the crowd stoned them, but from that moment, it became a widespread fashion for young rebels and feminist women all over Spain.




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