Hats Off to the Men

By Maureen A. Taylor

First it was work hats, then fancy hats for ladies, but what about everyday hats for men?


Go ahead. Take a guess: When do you think this young man posed for this image?

My mother has an expression, “what’s old is new.” It’s all about how fashion repeats itself. This little tintype is a perfect example.

Go into any hat shop and you’ll find hats for men that resemble this soft felt one with the wide ribbon band. He’s a young man wearing a jaunty everyday hat.

This image is likely from the late 1870s. There were all sorts of hats for men in the 1860s and 70s, but the paper mat for this tintype helps date the image.

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Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album