An Interesting Book Review Of Hatless Jack

Summer Straw Hats from Hartford York Hats - Men's Scala Straw Boater Hat - The BoaterJames Carson reviewed a book written by Chicago Sun-Times journalist, Neil Steinberg, called Hatless Jack – The President, the Fedora, and the History of American Style. The hat was so important at one point in recent years, that “civil disorder on the streets of New York was provoked merely by the sight of straw hats.”

What had started as a publicity stunt by the hat trade turned into a widely observed canon that straw hats could only be worn between May and mid-September. President Calvin Coolidge actually made the front page of the New York Times just because he’d taken an autumn stroll in a straw boater.

For those not accompanied by the secret service, the consequences of breaking with this sartorial custom would prove more serious. Steinberg describes how riots broke out in 1922 when mobs of boys roamed the streets of New York City, attacking any man daring enough to wear a straw hat.

Ah, the good old days. . .

Thanks for reading,
Steve Singer
CEO Hartford York

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