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Hatless Jack: The President, the Fedora and the Death of the Hat
Hatless Jack: The President, the Fedora and the De

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By Neil Steinberg (au)
Year: 2004
Pages: 342
Binding Paperback
ISBN 1-86207-782-7

Product Code: 1422362337

John F. Kennedy was the first American president to go bareheaded & he ruined the hat business, or so it is believed. This book examines why Kennedy was so reluctant to wear a hat in public, & charts the attempts of the hatmakers of America to persuade their new leader to save their declining industry. While Ataturk banned the fez in Turkey, Mussolini made straw hats compulsory in Italy. Why were the world’s leaders so hung up on hats? Steinberg uncovers the now nearly-forgotten rituals of hat-wearing, with hat-check girls, straw-hat riots & the strange saga of silk top hats. Hats were tipped, raised, checked & waved -- & then they disappeared forever. “A fascinating & funny explanation of why hats went & what we all lost when they did.”

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