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The Straw Hat Riots of 1922: The bad kind of New York fashion week

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EPISODE 313 “No man likes to have his hat snatched from his head by somebody he has not yet been introduced to.”

During the month of September 1922, as summer passed into autumn, large groups of rowdy ‘hoodlums’ swarmed the streets of New York City, grabbing straw hats off the heads of men, leaving the gutters filled with thousands of smashed lids.

Why in the world would so many people become outraged at the sight of a straw hat?

This is the story of the ultimate fashion faux pas, Jazz Age style, snd a look at the dangers of men’s wear uniformity.

NOTE: As this is our first remotely recorded episode, it’s a bit more goofy than others. Expect an extra dosage of puns.

LISTEN NOW — THE STRAW HAT RIOTS OF 1922

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Straw hats is full display in this photo which shows crowd waiting in New York City for the arrest of lawyer Burton W. Gibson, in 1912. Library of Congress
Courtesy Vintage Dancer
Brooklyn Times Union, September 16, 1922
Brooklyn Times Union, Sept 16, 1922
The Buffalo Times, September 17, 1922

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