May 4, 2012
nefariousnewt:

npr:

Who Killed Mens’ Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With “I”
A hundred years ago — and that’s when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn’t leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women.
So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in mid-century America?
The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. -Robert Krulwich
(Photo credit: The Library of Congress/via flickr)

 Which is more interesting? The fact that men no longer wear hats thanks to JFK, or the number of Socialists gathered in Union Square in that picture?

nefariousnewt:

npr:

Who Killed Mens’ Hats? Think Of A Three Letter Word Beginning With “I”

A hundred years ago — and that’s when this picture was taken, in 1912 — men didn’t leave home without a hat. Boys wore caps. This is a socialist political rally in Union Square in Manhattan. There may be a bare head or two in this crowd, but I think those heads are women.

So what happened? Why did guys stop wearing headgear in mid-century America?

The turning point, most people say, was John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. Before Kennedy, all presidents wore top hats on their first day at work. Kennedy brought one, but hardly ever put it on. Fashionistas say Kennedy, one of our most charismatic presidents, made hats un-happen. And, chronologically speaking, after JFK, guys everywhere, even balding ones like astronaut John Glenn, went topless. -

(Photo credit: The Library of Congress/via flickr)

Which is more interesting? The fact that men no longer wear hats thanks to JFK, or the number of Socialists gathered in Union Square in that picture?

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    And here we have yet another reason to dislike JFK.
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    Neat