Today I bought a straw fedora that sparked a few hours of research on the history of this iconic hat.
Fedora History:The term fedorawas in use as early as 1891. Originally a women's fashion into the 20th century, the fedora came into use in about 1919, as a men's middle-class clothing accessory. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-looking Homburg by the early 1920s. Fedoras can be found in nearly any color imaginable, but black, grey, tan, brown, and red are the most popular.The hat is sometimes associated withProhibition, Great Depression-era gangsters and the detectives who sought to bring them to justice. Popular stars in the 1950s such asGene Kelly wore fedoras often in their movies, like Singin' in the Rain. In Hollywood movies of the 1940s, characters often wore a fedora, particularly when playing private detectives, gangsters, or other "tough guy" roles. A trench coat was frequently part of the costume, a notable example being Humphrey Bogart's character in Casablanca.via wikipedia.com