Time To Put That Straw Hat Away

You may scoff, but things have been known to get out of hand

The Straw Hat Riot of 1922 was a riot that occurred in New York City in 1922 due to people wearing straw hats past the unofficial date that was deemed socially acceptable, September 15. It lasted three days, and it led to many arrests and some injuries.

Read the NYT report from September 16th, 1922 here.

Out of an abundance of caution I am wearing a felt fedora today; the panama hat is hidden away in my car.

6 Responses to “Time To Put That Straw Hat Away”

  1. RimrockR says:

    …and don’t forget ladies – do not under any circumstances wear white shoes after labor day. Remember what happened in the movie Serial Mom.

  2. tree hugging sister says:

    We could call it “The Redbone Rebellion” after Leon…

  3. aelfheld says:

    Ahh, back when people rioted over things that matter.

  4. mojo says:

    They had a riot over HATS?

    Man. Them New Yorkers are some goofy individuals.

  5. gregor says:

    I always stop wearing my boater on labor day… how reckless to extend such folly to the 15th… most uncivilized.

  6. Tim Bond says:

    Interesting corroboration from my family history file – notes of my GGG Grandfather Charles Lincoln Shaw of Philadelphia.
    Manufacturer of women’s straw hats, Shaw & Ewing, 1025 Filbert, 1009 Race Street/1008-12 Spring Street, Philadelphia. At 19, he was employed by the company, when the owner ran away with the forelady. He was asked by the creditors to take oveer the company. He then successfully ran it for close to 50 years. The company failed in the 1920s, after fashions changed, and woman began wearing straw hats year-round. CLS reputedly said the company was a manufacturer of straw hats, and the fashion would change back. It never did. Shaw & Ewing ceased business c. 1925-1926.

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