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Men's Hats

This page is general information found in books and the internet referencing men's clothing. Most of the books and sites visited were discussing vintage clothing for all kinds of reason except photo dating.  We searched through sites about dress-making, costuming, reenacting, museums and historic personality and fashion eras. Our idea is to just collection the information that will be useful in determining when a photo was taken. We thought it would be easiest to put this information in table form and realized it was too complex. So just arranging photos by decade to start would be best.

 

Contents of this page: Men's hats by decade 

1840, 1850,1860, 1870, 1880, 1890, 1900, 1910, 1920

 

Men's Hats by Decade

 

1840

 

1840 Carpenter

Library of Congress Photo.

 

 

 

Circa: 1840

Merchant Marine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Circa:1840 Silk top hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1850

 

1855

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1855

Wilkes Booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wide Awake hat large flat brim and low crown variations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1859 George Custer

Military Hats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1860

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1860 Melon hat short/narrow brim short rounded crown

Close ups of hats on the same photograph

 

1870 

 

bowler hats

 

 

 

 

 

1880

 

 

1880

Photo Dating Notes:

short bowler, curled brim

high collarless, 6 button waistcoats

both bow tie and  four in hand long tie

long and short jackets with long narrow lapels

 

 

 

 

 

1890 Bowler

large knot tie, stand up collar

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tuxedo

 

In 1880 the tuxedo first appeared.  The style of both daytime and evening coats changed the frock coats were replaced by the morning coat which curved at the waist. For evening wear, tail coats remained popular. The low laced shoe, early tennis shoe, was worn for sporting events, and the spats appeared.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1890

 

1902

 

 

1901

left to right,

homburg curled brim with trim pinched crown

Top hat

Homburg

Tall bowler

visor cap

Straw hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1902 George Washington Carver

left to right hats, 

soft felt fedora type hat

newsboy casual or visor cap hat

homburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1902

Tall bowlers

narrow short lapels

turned down collars

bow tie and for in hand knot tie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1915

James Joyce, author.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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