Does anybody know what you call the type of caps I see men wearing on the Model T assembly line? And does anybody know where I can buy one?
I think you're referring to a newsboy cap, which is what I am wearing in this picture. I know where you can get one in St. Louis, but that's probably not much help. Try googling it.
Miller hats in Texas has a good selection.
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Thank you Dexter for the posting on period clothing. Something for everyone !!
I have purchased three hats from this company.
He makes the newsboy hat and others.
Thanks guys. You knew exactly what I was talking about.
I used to buy them at KMart, very reasonably priced, but found none the last time I looked. They turn up occasionally at some of the other chains, but sometimes pretty high-priced.
I am trying to find a Jed Clampett type of hat, and wonder if anyone makes them. I guess you have to take a couple of bites out of it.
Dave, maybe Jack will have it.
Jed actually wore real Stetsons. You could try finding an old one and running it through the washing machine and driving it under a T a bit.
They were called many things over many years. Gatsby hats, Newsboy caps, 8/4 caps, apple caps, etc.
If I remember right, they became popular around the civil war era and continued up until prior to WWII. Look at some of the photographs on www.shorpy.com and you will see these hats in many periods. They were especially popular during the 20's and 30's.
A couple of places to buy nice ones of good quality are on, believe it or not, E-bay and from a company called Hat People in Oregon. The ones on e-bay are sold out of Georgia. The ones from Oregon are from www.hatpeople.com.
For that 1920's farm look, I like to wear a pair of bib overalls with my 8/4 cap. Puts you right in the mood for a dirt road cruise in the T.
Tom, I know just what you mean. I'm wearing the overalls under my coat because February can be a little chilly, but they're my customary uniform of the day.
Steve, I forgot the overalls on this ride, but remembered the 8 panel hat and the dog.
Well now I know I can upload a picture again. Here is the one showing the hat a little better.
Ahem...women wore the cloche hat that sort of wrapped around the head but most wore Edwardian hats and duster that were almost as long as their skirts. Ladies (and gentlemen) you may find hats by googling under :vintage hats. BTW when I finish sewing my duster I shall post a picture.
Well now I know I really don't know what I am doing, here is another try at posting the right picture.
I am trying to get my wife into the proper period clothing. I am slowly making progress.
Maybe our dogs are related, Tom. This is my younger son with his American Staffordshire, Caesar. It takes a serious harness for these guys, huh?
Target sells them.... They are called "Drivers"
Susan, if you consider the years of Model T production - 1909 to 1927 - fashions, and especially women's fashions, changed a great deal. What would be correct in 1914 would look terribly antiquated in 1924. When I wanted to get an idea of what people were wearing in 1924 and the few years following, I went to the microfilm room of the public library and looked at clothing ads and pictures of street scenes.
In the Civil War era, they were called "Mechanic Hats".
villagehatshop.com great hats, reasonable prices and quick shipping
That dog is giving you a most peculiar look. Can you get those dog bar things for a tourer? I would certainly consider it ...or make him ride where you can see him!
Can I ask a related (sort of) question?
What about speedster drivers?
The newsboy/ drivers/ mechanic hats or whatever don't stay on to well in an open speedster.
What do the speedster guys wear?
If I had hair I would not need something but a "wig" would blow off so I need something like I saw on discovery where the drivers of an open BMW sports car had skull cap/pilot helmet type head wear.
Anyone know a source?
This is close to the cap that I wear when it is cold. Due to scuba diving my ears are real touchy about being cold. My hat is warm and I really like it. I have no monetary interest in the link below but my wife has been looking for another cap with ear flaps for me and we may just get me a second one as they are hard to find..
We always wore our caps backwards, to clear the goggles. We hit a gust on the Interstate in Wyoming that pulled the cap right out from under my goggles strap. Pretty soon, an 18-wheeler came by, waving my cap. We stopped and he gave it to me, then we both continued.
I lost another hat the same way in western NY, and didn't go back for it, as we were on the clock.
back up this thread is a link to
they have black and brown barnstormers that would look good and protect your noggin in a speedster.
I must admit this thread is rather fun.
I just love the idea of wearing period cloths when driving old cars. Rather it be the 20's through the 70's.
Trevor, yes Madi, is rather an odd dog. She has a thought process of her own. I have always had birg dog types. Having a Beagle/Foxhound mix, (kind of a pit-bull) is sort of a new experience for me.
Ricks Surf City, Yes Madi looks related to your son's dog as long as they are both Beagle mixes??? Sure...
William, thanks for the info on the civil war hats being called Mechanic Hats. These hats up through pre WWII, were 8 paneled hats. They had eight seperate panels which made them rather unique.
Here's another silly photo of my riding companion. The Beagle mix.
Talk about a back seat driver! She can put a whole new meaning to her bark being worse than her bite! Or the other way around! Kinda looks to me like she was gettin' tired of waitin' for the ride to begin!
I think the aviator cap will be just the thing.
I've had good luck with these guys on t-bay.
Standard disclaimer, just a satisfied customer. Price was so good, I bought a couple of different colors. Lightweight hats available too.
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Tom, I understand that you've done your research. But so have I. When I have a chance I will post some pictures of period clothing. You might want to do the same. What a person wore also depended on one's social status, too. Of course people who could afford automobiles often could afford more expensive clothing. It was also the flapper era (1920's) and women did wear cloche hats. But women were also still wearing Victorian clothing including corsets, long dresses and rather large hats (particularly the older ladies i.e. my grandmother- who happened to live to 106. I have a picture of her beside a 1927 Model T wearing victorian clothing). So we shall see. I will get back to you.
Yes, I find it very interesting how what would have been known as different class people, wore an assortment of various clothing.
I think one of the best web sites available today, is the Shorpy photographic site at www.shorpy.com. Here you will find many photographs of several periods, depicting what individuals wore during many decades.
I am certainly looking forward to more period clothing from any and all who may have those available.
Is it not amazing that your grandmother lived till the age of 106? I was very fortunate to know a women who lived till 105. What a story teller she was.
You'll find lots of ladies' antique clothing for sale at Bakersfield in April, Tom.
Tom, just a little story from my 106 grandmother. She was to go to a party to meet Teddy Roosevelt who was President at the time. She had a beautiful dress on but underneath she wore underwear-panteloons or whatever made of flour feedsack cloth. She had to use the ladies room before she went down to the ballroom and when finished she got into the elevator with her father who was escorting her and the President who was on his way to the ballroom himself. She felt a tugging on her skirt and realized she had tucked her dress into her 'panties' the equivilent of her panteloons. What the person standing behind her would have seen on her floursack undies would read, Rocky Mountain Flour- Pride of the Rockies- across her bottom. It was a very kind Teddy who pulled her skirt down.