Saturday, September 22, 2012

Homburg(er) Time

 The Homburg. The hat that's more formal than a bowler, yet more casual than a top hat. As popular as they were it seems in modern media that they are always cast aside with the fedora getting all the glory. I had bought a black one back in high school for formal days, but only wore it a few times. Last week on a casual browse through one of the big vintage stores I stumbled upon this homburg, probably from the 1950's. I'm always baffled to see big business executives wearing ball caps with their suits instead of these.
Small brimmed homburg, the style harkening back to the homburgs of the '10s-'30s.

Big leather sweatband, no liner and no hatters name anywhere in plain view.

The only clue as to the maker of the hat, narrowing it down to hat company names that end in the letter "O"

 There was also a small car show on Staten Island last weekend. Decent collection, though it seems smaller now after attending the massive car shows at Westbury and Rhinebeck I attended back during the summer.
    Two rare cars indeed. Russian imported 1968 and 1962 Volga's. Though while not in the bracket of    "Golden Era" cars, their style is still dated to American cars of the 1953-1956 period.                       

 A 1902 Smith, from the era when of motoring when men sported goggles and 15 miles per hours was speeding. For all you Looney Tunes fans out there, looks almost like the car Dan Backslide commandeered in "The Dover Boys" (1942).
"A runabout. I'll STEAL it! NOONE WILL EVER KNOW!" -Dan Backslide
  1947 Pontiac Torpedo fastback. Love that model name. Why don't cars have cool model names anymore? Enclave? Vibe? Yaris? Taurus? Can't compete with names like Torpedo, Rocket 88, or Adventurer.

                                      A nice mix of atomic era and art deco design on this glorious 1955 Pontiac.

            1955 Cadillac and 1930 Ford model A accented with authentic vintage lawn chairs.

             A stock 1939 Ford Deluxe. One of the few I've seen of these that hasn't been hot rodded.  
 A 1948 Crosley Engine. A forgotten company that was very popular during World War Two. Humphrey Bogart was said to own.
 The delightful art deco 1938 Dodge Sedan. A true work of art. Cars of that era had such character, mostly because the design was from the brain of one designer, instead of a bunch of people throwing ideas at each other like today.
 The unforgettable 1959 Cadillac. They say it has the largest tailfins, but I'd say it's in competition with the 1961 Imperial. 

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