Ask any man .. when it was that Englishmen stopped wearing hats. He won’t know .. From my babyhood in 1902 until 1938 a bareheaded man in a London street was an oddity. Such creatures were sometimes to be seen, and in my circles they were known as ‘the no ‘at brigade’. In any photograph of a mass meeting of men – a football crowd, even a horde of the poorest children – every male head was covered, usually with a flat cap. Straw boaters, which you could get for three shillings and sixpence, took over in the spring, and in October these were cleaned with ‘salts of lemon’, pushed into brown paper bags, and put away to hibernate. Then came the trilby, which started its career among the upper middle class and worked its way down .. And after the trilby, almost suddenly, nothing .. Before the end of the war, hardly anyone was wearing a hat.
I was wondering about that shot of the street from above close to the beginning..was the camera on a crane, or maybe a moving omnibus/cart, I wonder?
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