Monday, August 27, 2012
Mystery Monday - Young Men in Hats
This interesting photo of six young men all wearing hats came from Paducah pictures. The picture raises so many questions. Who were they? Why are they all wearing hats? Did they work together? What was the occasion for taking the photo?
Thinking that the bowler hats might be a clue, I consulted Wikipedia where I found: In the Americas, the bowler, not the cowboy hat or sombrero, was the most popular hat in the American West, prompting Lucius Beebe to call it "the hat that won the West". Both cowboys and railroad workers preferred the hat because it would not blow off easily in strong wind, or when sticking one's head out the window of a speeding train. It was worn by both lawmen and outlaws, including Bat Masterson, Butch Cassidy, Black Bart, and Billy the Kid.