Sunday, February 13, 2011

Other YF sighting on Flickr

Actually somebody in character while filming a historical drama about Northern Ireland in WWII. Note the resemblance to the Spectator cartoon.

Most weeks I only see one or two other fedora-wearers, usually on a Sunday, usually a black man and usually older, from mid-century. (Black men and women have kept the dress-hat industry going.) In South Philly it’s extinct.

I follow modified trad rules: hat on outdoors, off indoors except in public buildings like train stations, lunch counters and bars. I normally don’t tip it as a greeting – too showy? – but do when passing a Catholic church (RC, Orthodox, Oriental – there’s an Armenian church near work – or Assyrian), less showy than crossing myself, which I’d do if bareheaded.


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