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Posts posted by slaytonf

  1. 1 hour ago, Dargo said:

    (...and even though I know your point was that baseball caps in recent years have somehow become "acceptable attire" in public by almost everyone and at almost any time, and whether or not one might be participating in some sort of outdoor sport)

    And having fun.  Something that's missing a lot around here.

  2. 4 hours ago, Dargo said:

    "Hats", ya ask?!

    This old weathered greybeard here usually only sports this number when it he knows he's going to be out in the rain or the snow...


    And yes, we do get snow here in the higher altitudes of northern Arizona.

    Otherwise, the only other time the old f*art here wears something on his head would be a baseball cap while he's out playing tennis or driving his little sports car around with its top down. Oh AND of course, ALWAYS a helmet when he's ridin' one of his motorcycles around, too.

    (...btw, don't ya just HATE IT when someone refers to themselves in the third person?...how pretentious is that, RIGHT?!!!)  ;)






    Why, y'ol charmer!  Hats are mandatory in Arizona, aren't they?  

    Here's a radical suggestion:  Baseball caps for (get this!) baseball.  (I'm just sayin'. . . . .)

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  3. 4 hours ago, GGGGerald said:

    Think about the regions where you see hats worn historically. Its normally Northern Europe/Eastern Europe where the climate can get very cold. Hats keep your head warm. In warmer climates, hats function to shade from the sun so a different style is required. The era when most classic movies were made, most of the U.S. population still lived back east where its cold (even though the films were made in sunny Hollywood). So the characters still wore their hats coast just the same.

    Its been said that the 1960 election was the beginning of the end of hat wearing. Ike and Nixon were often seen in hats during the 1950's. But, JFK showing off his great head of hair portrayed youthfulness, a new era, so to speak.  Sending a message that "only old people wore hats". And as that 50's post war era faded away, so did the fedoras.

    I'd wear a hat regularly but, my head's too big. And the hats I find that do fit are way over priced. So a ball cap will have to do for now.

    So John Kennedy is once again responsible for cultural decline.  But hey wait a minit!, it's still cold in those parts!  And it's still warm in others!  Ah well, it's too much for me to ponder.  But I will say I admire you for your admission.  I know of nobody else who will admit their head is to big.  The world would be so much better if people knew they were walking around with big heads.

  4. 3 hours ago, TikiSoo said:

    Must be something about the name "Sue" since I have over 100 vintage hats-which I still wear too! I need a key list to know which hats can be found in which boxes. Several on display on rotation with the seasons.

    I do think hats obviously originated to keep the head dry but eventually  came to have a bit of a religious connotation. Think of yarmulkes and women's lace head coverings in church-generally the only hats worn inside.

    Classic Movie tie in: I have a prop Fedora from the movie SECRETARIAT.


    You must post some photos!


    59 minutes ago, hamradio said:



    In praise of hats--or mustaches?  Or do the two go together?

  5. 8 hours ago, SweetSue said:

    There's a lot to unpack here, but as a vintage hat collector and wearer (women's though of course🤣) I found this interesting.

    From Wikipedia:

    "The term fedora was in use as early as 1891. Its popularity soared, and eventually it eclipsed the similar-looking homburg.[2] The word fedora comes from the title of an 1882 play by dramatist Victorien Sardou, Fédora, which was written for Sarah Bernhardt.[10] The play was first performed in the United States in 1889. Bernhardt played Princess Fédora Romanov, the heroine of the play. During the play, Bernhardt – a noted cross-dresser – wore a center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat was fashionable for women, and the women's rights movement adopted it as a symbol.[11][12] After Edward, Prince of Wales (later the Duke of Windsor) started to wear them in 1924, it became popular among men for its stylishness and its ability to protect the wearer's head from the wind and weather.[11][12] Since the early part of the 20th century, many Haredi and other Orthodox Jews have made black fedoras normal to their daily wear."

    I think the decline in people wearing hats began when an increase in closed roof cars happened. I guess the lower roofs got, the less people wanted to have a hat squished on their heads😆

    If anyone has any additional information on this though I'd be interested to hear it!

    More evidence of Miss Bernhardt being a pillar of civilization.

    And male cultural appropriation!

  6. Saw a guy wearing a fedora today.  On the street!  Almost nobody wears a hat these days.  Not saying it's a loss.  I couldn't bear wearing one.  Used to be, almost everyone wore a hat.  Would no sooner leave a house or apartment without a hat as without pants--I mean slacks.  Hats even played pivotal parts in movies (evidence of criminal conduct, infidelity, inappropriate presence of an individual, presence of a person in a building).  What I'm wondering is what started the cultural convention, tradition, something, of wearing hats.  Did it start in Ancient Times and wend its weary way through the Dark Ages of dark hats, into the Enlightenment with airy hats that sat lightly on the head, to Impressionism that left hat-hair?  And why fedora?  Who was Fedora?  And what ended hat hairing?  I mean wat wearing?  I mean--you know.  Was it the Cultural Revolution of the 60s?  Open honesty against the great hat cover-up?

    Hats could be awkward, or in the way.  You could sit on them, or throw them on the bed (big no no, but Why?) .  They could be in the way, or get blown off, and you'd have to chase 'em.  Into traffic!  Or you'd switch 'em and get the wrong size.  Or they could be the style.  And how the hell do you roll them up your arm onto your head?  Or you rake it at a rakish angle showing your sauciness and sexuality (oh my!).  Or you set it straight (classy!) and zip the brim razor even between your forefinger and thumb.  You could toss your hat in the air, onto a hook, into the ring (though I've never actually seen that done).  You could stuff it into your pocket, put it in a box, mute a trumpet, trap a wee beastie, bury an inopportune snork.  And you could pop one on your head and step smartly out the door.

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  7. 6 hours ago, fxreyman said:

    Mount Rushmore during our trip there in September of 2011. beautiful site.

    United States v. Sioux Nation of Indians

    "On June 30, 1980, the US Supreme Court ruled that the government had illegally taken land in the Black Hills granted by the 1868 treaty, by unlawfully abrogating article two of the agreement during negotiations in 1876, while failing to achieve the signatures of two-thirds the adult male population required to do so. It upheld an award of $15.5 million for the market value of the land in 1877, along with 103 years worth of interest at 5 percent, for an additional $105 million. The Lakota Sioux, however, have refused to accept payment and instead continue to demand the return of the territory from the United States. As of 24 August 2011 the Sioux interest on the money has compounded to over 1 billion dollars."

    I guess the land is more sacred to the Indians than any money is worth. Although just how would the Indians IF they accepted that money would use that money is another question...Squander the money or invest it wisely within their nation?


    Imagine, somebody valuing something more than money.  What's the world coming to?   Unfortunately,  I doubt the Sioux are as good as White people at squandering.   Anyway, that's the reason I won't watch NXNW.

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  8. Well, at least you are in competition for longest thread title. 

    But, if you will cast your eye back over the history of threads, you will see people have recorded the same lament for going on twenty years now. If TCM has been in a continual slide all that time, it must have started at Empyrean heights indeed not to have hit bottom by now. 

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  9. And Google is evil.  No, the commercials attached to virtually every video (at least the ones I watch) aren't as long as on regular commercial television.  But their growing length and ubiquity are on an intersecting course.  Google has taken inspiration from the frog in the pot of boiling water myth and followed a path of the gradual increasing imposition of commercial messages in videos, from silent boxes at the bottoms of screens that could be x-ed out, to multiple ads at the beginning.  And interrupting ads breaking into longer ones.  Like a skilled drug dealer, Google has insidiously increased the tolerance of the YT audience for ads, and no doubt intends to continue the policy.  Not being of an addictive nature, I am reaching the limits of my tolerance.  Although I turn the sound off and ignore the screen during the offending ad time, there is only so much I will put up with to watch something.  There are already videos I would have turned away from during the introductory ads, but of course, Google doesn't let you do that.

  10. 1 hour ago, rjbartrop said:

    They're called the Djinn chair, and it looks like you can still buy them.

    Maybe something to think about for the TCM store.  You can only drink so much wine.

    Furnish your house with TCM!  Alicia Malone bedroom sets!  Eddie Muller dark dens!  Ben Mankiewicz great room suites!

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  11. From Dictionary.com:


    [ noun kyoor-it; verb kyoor-eyt, kyoo-reyt ]

    1.    Chiefly British. a member of the clergy employed to assist a rector or vicar.
    2.    any ecclesiastic entrusted with the cure of souls, as a parish priest.
    verb (used with object), cu·rat·ed, cu·rat·ing.
    1.  to take charge of (a museum) or organize (an art exhibit):to curate a photography show.
    2.  to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content:“We curate our merchandise with a sharp eye for trending fashion,” the store manager explained.    (emphasis mine)
  12. 53 minutes ago, Katie_G said:

    😃 At first I thought you were serious. lol  I've come to loathe the word "curated", which TCM uses constantly.  To me it's often very close to "censored", with lipstick.  Someone else deciding what you should watch, because they're the expert.

    But, but, TCM does decide what you watch.  It always has.

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