At the turn of the century, hats were quite the fashion statement.

Al Capone, with fedora
Al Capone, with fedora

Men often wore fedoras, which could be year-round attire. These hats, which came into fashion in the late 19th century and never went back out of style, have been a favorite of gangsters, Orthodox Jews, and Prince Edward.  In later years, women wore fedoras too – quite possibly this trend began with Ingrid Bergman’s glamorous appearance in Casablanca.

Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart
Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart

In 1900, it was not unusual to see top hats, particularly amidst the more well-to-do. These days, top hats are mostly associated with Abraham Lincoln and Uncle Sam, but they were frequently worn as formal wear well into the 20th century.  Top hats were also known as stovepipe hats.

Top hat and bow tie, rescued from the Titanic wreckage Photo from telegraph.co.uk
Top hat and bow tie, rescued from the Titanic wreckage
Photo from telegraph.co.uk

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Have you ever thrown something away that you should have kept forever? That happens in life and modern culture a lot. There are a lot of really cool things that have been lost to time, even though we never meant to let it go.

Some things are too great to let them stay lost. I suggest making a concerted effort to bring back these things:

HANDWRITTEN LOVE LETTERS   

Sullivan Ballou's last letter to his wife Sarah

I’m basing this one on a rumor I heard that people are typing love letters. Nothing says romance like Microsoft Word, apparently. Take a cue from Sullivan Ballou. Now there was a man who knew how to write a love letter.

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