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Jan 21, 2020 - 6:27:14 PM
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22 posts since 3/1/2012

I used to have a real Stetson Hat when I was a kid. Dad and I were playing shows at a nearby venue and instead of paying us for the music in cash, they gave us discounts to different vendors. One of them was a discount on any purchase from this shop about an hour away that sold Stetson Hats. I think that was in 1979. Each hat ended up costing about $40 or so. I have no clue where those hats are right now, probably been thrown away during the years.

Jan 21, 2020 - 9:44:19 PM
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Mooooo

USA

7449 posts since 8/20/2016

That's unbelievable. How long did it take before you realized how employment works here on Earth? What system of payment did they use on your home planet?

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:15:43 PM
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22 posts since 3/1/2012

yeah it’s unbelievable that a cow could be such an ass.

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:43:25 PM
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Chris Meakin

Australia

2670 posts since 5/15/2011

That's just Moooo's sense of (very warped) humour, don't take it too personally.

Serious question - what are Stetsons made of? In Australia, Akubra hats are the standard other 'cowboy' hats are judged by - about 12 rabbits to the hat. Is the typical 'cowboy' Stetson also rabbit fur?

Jan 21, 2020 - 11:19:44 PM
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1981 posts since 1/16/2010

Same here in the states Chris. Stetson is just a brand name. They make hats out of beaver pelt, rabbit, wool, straw...you name it, any style as well.

I used to collect “open road” cowboy hats, the type Lyndon Johnson and Harry Truman made famous. They were “the” style of hat everybody in Texas wore back in the day from ranchers, to rich oilmen, to politicians and law enforcement. Now people would laugh at anybody wearing one...oh how times have changed. I have several that belonged to LBJ that he gave as gifts to VIPs.

I’ve also got a very good looking “Bobby” Akubra cowboy hat that I bought in Fremantle years ago when our submarine visited. Looks just like something Mic Dundee’s boys in the Northern Territory would have worn back then! I love it!

Dow

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:24:37 AM
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OM45GE

USA

93686 posts since 11/7/2007

Years ago I was on a tractor trailer road trip. I’d picked up a load of mopeds (really) in Houston and was headed to Boston. I stopped at a western wear shop in Brady, Texas and bought a nice beaver felt hat. The very attractive and shapely clerk was steam shaping my hat holding it against her chest for leverage. I wore the hat out of the store and the woman with me said she hoped the hat was the closest my ears would get to another woman’s bosom.

My lady friend is long since my ex but I still have the hat.

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:40:25 AM
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mander

USA

4028 posts since 10/7/2007

I LOVE hats! My sister is a stable hatter, nothing mad about her. I would soooo wear a different hat each day, if I could. I can't stand to wear them. Same with jewelry. Love bling! Can't wear it. Sensitivity issues.

Hubby used to have dozens. I started hanging them on the wall for decoration and I think it must have embarrassed him, because the hat collection disappeared. No idea where he squirreled them away.

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:51:06 AM
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6215 posts since 10/6/2004

One of the worst gigs I ever played I wore a [white] Stetson - I was depping for a friends band at something called the 'Surrey Bluegrass Festival' [in the UK] about a decade ago.

I didn't really have a grasp on the material [I was depping remember] and I recall getting up onstage with the band and my Stetson, pulling the first few notes out of the banjo and looking across at the audience.

It was a dry festival [no beer - little known to me prior to arriving] and the first 2 rows of seated audience were all older and more gnarly than me, mostly with beards and all with banjos in their [respective] cases in lines- sitting, listening and frowning.......I could 'sort of' play back then, enough to hold my head up anyway but that day and that hat, well I never wore that onstage again.

Jan 22, 2020 - 9:58:45 AM
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RV6

USA

1287 posts since 2/3/2012

My grandad bought me this nice hat in 1967 at a little store across the street from the K.C. Livestock Exchange building where the family's livestock commission business was located.  I drove my 1967 Camaro Rally Sport there from south central Nebraska where I lived and worked at the family's feedlot to visit the grandad and the "Yards".  He thought I ought to have a nice hat.

It was a $100 hat (around $750.00 adjusted for inflation) which was about a third of a months paycheck back then.  (Yes, Grandad was pretty tight with a buck).  I wore it a few times for dress and then it went into a box where it's been for 50 some years .  I thought it was just too expensive to risk damaging it.  Shudde Bros. have been in business for 113 years in the Houston area.

If anyone is looking for a nice, size 7 3/8 hat, let's make a deal.smiley  No one in my family has any use for it and neither do I.


Jan 22, 2020 - 12:53:18 PM

3277 posts since 12/6/2009

I'm going to town, honey
What you want me to bring you back?
I'm going to town ,honey
what you want me to bring you back
Bring a pint of booze
and a John B Stetson hat

-----jimmy rogers

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:02:33 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

That's a cool hat, Bob!

I bought a Stetson 4X beaver felt safari hat in the around 1982, at Eddie Bauer. It was about $115 CDN. It lasted about ten years. I recall one particular instance in downtown T.O. when, as I walked by, some guy said, "That's a stunning hat!" The Hatter in Toronto cleaned and blocked it, and even reversed it when wear and tear messed up the front. Then the pet bunnies nibbled the brim when it was left on the floor once.

Twenty years ago I bought my dark brown Akubra at The Hatter in T.O,, rabbit felt, and it's still going after a lot of use. I've received a lot of compliments about it over the years. The Hatter cleaned it last March and patched the tears in the top. I bought it for $150, and I checked a comparable hat there ... a nice black one for $300. Twenty years at $150 is $7.50 a year - better than baseball caps. I don't have twenty years left, so $300 isn't that great an investment. So I bought a black wool Scala for $80, here in Kingston, last summer. I was at Queen's U this morning and a young woman complimented me on it. So, should I buy another Akubra?

Jan 22, 2020 - 3:59:35 PM
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3074 posts since 7/8/2010

Oh yeah, Paul. Buy another hat.

Jan 22, 2020 - 4:50:54 PM
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RV6

USA

1287 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

That's a cool hat, Bob!

I bought a Stetson 4X beaver felt safari hat in the around 1982, at Eddie Bauer. It was about $115 CDN. It lasted about ten years.


Ah, the old Eddie Bauer.  They made first class stuff.   I have two Eddie Bauer parka's good to 60 degrees below zero.   I bought one around 1973 and liked it so much that I bought a second one a year later.  I still have them both.  The first one was tan cloth and I wore it every day in cold weather when working at the feedlot.  Feedlot --- 160 acres of cow flop.  I couldn't wear it anywhere else as it was kinda stinky so I bought a blue, rip stop nylon one to wear for "good".  I wear it every day now, when I'm out and about in really cold weather.  (My cow flop days are long gone.)   The tan parka is thinning out around the cuffs a bit.   I suppose it's out of warranty, now.

I've got a picture of my mom wearing the blue rip stop parka on the Great Wall of China.  The travel agent said she needed some warm clothes so I lent her mine.

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:47:50 PM

Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by dflowers

Oh yeah, Paul. Buy another hat.


I wear it on stage. It cuts down on the glare. Think that's a good excuse? wink

Jan 22, 2020 - 5:58:25 PM

Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

quote:
Originally posted by RV6
quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

That's a cool hat, Bob!

I bought a Stetson 4X beaver felt safari hat in the around 1982, at Eddie Bauer. It was about $115 CDN. It lasted about ten years.


Ah, the old Eddie Bauer.  They made first class stuff.   I have two Eddie Bauer parka's good to 60 degrees below zero.   I bought one around 1973 and liked it so much that I bought a second one a year later.  I still have them both.  The first one was tan cloth and I wore it every day in cold weather when working at the feedlot.  Feedlot --- 160 acres of cow flop.  I couldn't wear it anywhere else as it was kinda stinky so I bought a blue, rip stop nylon one to wear for "good".  I wear it every day now, when I'm out and about in really cold weather.  (My cow flop days are long gone.)   The tan parka is thinning out around the cuffs a bit.   I suppose it's out of warranty, now.

I've got a picture of my mom wearing the blue rip stop parka on the Great Wall of China.  The travel agent said she needed some warm clothes so I lent her mine.


I bought a jacket at Mountain Equipment Co-op in '95 and I still wear it. The zipper's a little finicky and the red colour has faded (and the Gore Tex has gone), but it's still a great outdoor jacket. We became MEC members in '88 when the Mrs. bought a yellow one. She wore it so much the cuffs frayed. MEC had really good stuff, often custom designed, at great prices. They're still going strong, although much of their inventory now is brand names. I bought a couple of hats there, including a waxed waterproof one made in Australia.

Woolrich also has hats, but I seem to fit between sizes. They just come S/M/L, at least from what I've seen.

Jan 22, 2020 - 6:33:45 PM
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Owen

Canada

4845 posts since 6/5/2011

My tale of two hats....   

L:  My "Biltmore Western" purchased in mid-70s [working in AB at the time] because my wife thought I looked good in it!!  ...or was it the hat looked good on me? .... regardless, I figure she was right on both counts.  Anyhow, I can only recall wearing it once or twice.... not enuff cowboy blood in me I suppose.    I must be gettin' a fat head... @ 7 1/4 it's now a wee bit tight.

R: The thrift store sombrero my wife used to take to the fly-in reserves as a prop for teaching the Mexican hat dance to the kiddos.


 

Edited by - Owen on 01/22/2020 18:34:55

Jan 23, 2020 - 2:42:19 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

Someone took a picture of my class one Hallowe'en. One of the girls was wearing a huge sombrero, and her friend was wearing one of those tiny souvenir ones. cheeky

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:37:50 PM
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RV6

USA

1287 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Paul R

Woolrich also has hats, but I seem to fit between sizes. They just come S/M/L, at least from what I've seen.


"Woolrich".  My first goose down coat.

When I was a kid (24 years old) , I drove from our home in south central Nebraska to Sheridan, WY. to receive the steers off the "PK Ranch", one of the old, famous ranches in Wyoming.  ("Receive" --- to weigh up the cattle that had been purchased at an earlier date for delivery at a specifed time and to write the check.)

We sent 10 or so "Pots" (aka, Possum Belly's, or cattle trucks) from Nebraska to Wyoming to haul the cattle back to our Lexington, NE feedlot.  The trucks had driven through freezing drizzle on the way to Wyoming and were covered with ice internally and externally.   We had the cattle rounded up and weighed by 11:00 am and they would have normally been loaded and on their way.    We had to go into the "pots" which have a front compartment, top level, bottom level and back compartment and have doors and ramps that need to be opened, closed, and slid to load each section.  There was a inch or so of ice everywhere.   We had to get jack handles out of various vehicles and use them to knock the ice off  so the pins could be pulled, the doors opened and the ramps slid out and positioned so we could load each pot.   We got the last of the pots loaded around 11:00 pm.  

It gets really cold in the mountains when the sun goes down and it was cold as the dickens before that.   I've never been so cold.    The "order buyer" from Alliance, NE (the gentleman who bought the cattle for us on a commision basis was there which is the custom.)  He was toasty warm.   I asked him, "Mr. McCarthy, how come your're so comfortable?".   He said he was wearing a down coat.  I'd never heard of them.   I said, "Where on earth did you buy one of those?"  He said, right there in Alliance where  Woolrich had a factory.   I stopped at the factory on the way home and bought a down coat.   I wore that coat for many years at the feedlot and ranch and that is the coat that caused me to go nuts when I got my first Eddie Bauer catalog.  That old Woolrich coat got ripped up, beat up and my wife sewed on patches.  Blue patches on a brown coat.   Very stylish.  I was still wearing that coat during my stint in the "oil patch" from 2005 to 2012 here in Wyoming.  By the time I got done with that career, the coat was covered with drilling mud and was a real mess so I finally tossed it as my wife said there was nothing she could do for it anymore (and I did have my two E.B down coats, after all.)

That was my first visit to Wyoming and the mountains and, coming from a messy, sloppy, stinky  feedlot business, I thought, "Man, I sure wish I lived here instead of south central Nebraska", slogging through cow poop day after day .   26 years later, we moved to the foothills of the Bighorn mountains (with nothing to do but play banjo and fiddle).   I never really thought I'd be anywhere but Nebraska and give thanks every day that I was able to make my dream a reality.

Hey, I know I can get long winded.  And, sometimes, key words trigger nostalgia.  It seems to happen more often now days.  But, it's an "off topic" thread so, here I amsmiley

Jan 23, 2020 - 4:40:54 PM
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4996 posts since 9/21/2007

I regularly wear a Stetson Open Road in silver belly. People might be laughing at me but the most common reaction I get is being asked if it is an open road.

If I am going to be in the sun at all I am wearing a brimmed hat. Cowboy hats are my first choice. Yard work gets a Tilley.

Jan 23, 2020 - 6:26:33 PM
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1017 posts since 8/7/2017

I've had a couple cowboy hats, 1st a Stetson Open Road, and the 2nd a Resistol (same shape&color, both light grey). The Stetson was bought new in Golden, Colorado during a streetside Pioneer Days sale. The Resistol was bought in another sale, used (I worried about lice, but never got any). I went with this design because it appears frequently in Charley Russell's paintings of Montana cowboys.

Both hats were creased in "Russell" (or Highway Patrol/Drill Sergant) style. With this crease, looking down on the hat, the un-dented parts look either like a + (plus) or an X (the + rotated 45deg). In Charley Russell's paintings and Christmas cards, it's hard for me to tell which way his Montana cowboys creased. Some are obviously the +, and some are possibly the X. In the photo of his famous painting "In Without Knocking", the man on the horse might have the X, and the man leaving his downed horse might have the +. Many of his paintings have no crease at all in the hat (the other two cowboys still wearing their hats). Since he took great care to make his paintings realistic, I trust his work for historical accuracy.

I started out with the + in the Stetson, and this hat lasted about 15 years. Then, my grasping the + to remove hat pinched the crease so much that the felt tore - I had a hat with a hole in the top. Eventually I retired that one, and replaced it with the Resistol (Stetsons had gotten too expensive). A hatter at the Bozeman Fair was offering to reblock hats for a small charge. He suggested the X would last longer; he also told me to never remove my hat by grabbing the crease, since it wore the felt out, just as I had experienced.

The Russell crease is not popular nowadays. But in the 20's & 30's, old photos show Montanan's wearing it thus. I'd say the Cattleman crease is the most prevalent now, in my part of the US.

Our cat Belle had a neat trick. If she was on the top of a RR tie fence post, she'd come down my arm when she wanted to get down. I thought she looked prettier than just me in my hat.


Jan 23, 2020 - 9:01:06 PM
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Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

Here's an interesting little history lesson. He uses the term "slouch" hat, which, I believe, was used for American Civil War hats of that style. I don't know that it's a common term, though.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZ72V_9MF_k

BTW, I have a Panama (in my avatar photo) that I bought at The Hatter at the same time as my Akubra, and it's still going strong.

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:07:10 AM
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rinemb

USA

11887 posts since 5/24/2005

When I die, please bury me,
in a black coat and a Stetson hat,
Put a 20-dollar gold piece on my watch chain,
So the boys'll know I died standing pat.

-St. James Infirmary, Irving Mills aka Joe Primrose

Jan 24, 2020 - 7:15:31 AM
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rinemb

USA

11887 posts since 5/24/2005

I where mostly some version of a driver's caps. My favorite in cool weather is a Stetson thick oiled cotton cap. It may have saved my life, or at least possibly a much worse injury.
I was prying concrete posts loose with a 6 ft steel tamping bar so I could pull them out. The bottom of the bar slipped loose as a had the thing bowed under a lot of tension. The top of the bar hit me in the forehead knocking me off my feet, dazed and surrounded in a pool of the red stuff, I finally managed to seek help.
At the time I was wearing my Stetson. When I got home from the hospital, and could be on my feet, I went out to retrieve my Stetson and my glasses. There was a split clean through in the cap that matched the now stitched up split on my forehead.
What would the injury have been without the hat? Brad

Jan 24, 2020 - 10:21:37 AM

1017 posts since 8/7/2017

rinemb
Did your hat protect your head, or did your head protect the hat (from worse damage) :-)

Seriously, glad you survived the smack and a half.

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:15:43 AM
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Paul R

Canada

12256 posts since 1/28/2010

When I was in Boy Scouts we wore those "Mountie" hats. They came uncreased, so we had to put that + in the top. First you filled the hat with water. When it was soaked through, you emptied the water and made the creases, then waited for it to dry. I saw one of the hats at an antique place recently. I passed.

Jan 24, 2020 - 11:36:27 AM
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Jbo1

USA

876 posts since 5/19/2007

Hey Paul, your first nice hat was nibbled on by pet bunnies, and then you bought a rabbit felt one? Was this a warning to the pets?

Or was it the pets?

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