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bicyclebuilder
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« on: March 11, 2018, 07:48:08 pm »

I'm working on my attire for this year's festivals.
One small step is finished and that would be my bowler.
The hat is a plastic (but decent, sturdy material) Halloween/party hat, but it fit's perfect on my bold nugget.
I've found a leather belt, made from woven leather strips. I've cut up the belt and used the seperate strips as little belts around the hat.
The buckles are little metal scrapbook buckles. They are not made for real usage, but they are strong enough to hold the belt in place.
The clock is a little alarm clock from a cheap store here in town. It actually works and also has an alarm function.
The little frame windows are also for scrapbook work. I have to find some pictures to put inside them, probably I'll print out pictures from me and my family, from last year's festival.






I hope you like it!  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2018, 10:48:58 pm »

Look great!

But I'm going to move your post to Anatomical my friend... That is the place for sartorial items!
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 12:24:32 am »

One suggestion :move the picture frames to opposite ends of the hat, and one of those picture frames should double as a feather holder (some copper or plastic tubing could be attached
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 11:02:26 am »

Thank you for the reply and for moving this thread to Anatomical.
The picture frames are mounted by brass fastners on the leather strap.
I had to punch holes in the leather for the fastners, so moving the frames isn't an option anyomore, sadly.
That said, I'm quite happy about the position of the frames.
A feather holder might be a nice add-on to this hat.

One small downside to the little clock is that I hear it ticking when I'm wearing the hat.
Something that might drive me insane.  Wink
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2018, 03:59:42 pm »

I am reminded of a strange elderly gentleman I once saw, black and very thin and dressed in a very old suit, who wore a hat trimmed with dozens of old pocket watches and small naked plastic baby dolls. That was circa 1992, and when I saw him, my first thought was of the Shadowrun role playing game.
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 09:39:04 pm »

I am reminded of a strange elderly gentleman I once saw, black and very thin and dressed in a very old suit, who wore a hat trimmed with dozens of old pocket watches and small naked plastic baby dolls. That was circa 1992, and when I saw him, my first thought was of the Shadowrun role playing game.

I have a family ghost story involving a curious chap. In Mexico City, we have a rather large international community, Mexican nationals with French and other European roots. When I was a kid, I attended a few old world style weddings and funerals, first communions and the like. All very elegant and old-world.

Well I had two separate sides of the family on my grandparents side, and both were fairly unrelated. One was the Basque+Italian side, and the other was the French+Mexican side. I started noticing that during the weddings of one family there would always be an unidentified curious looking chap. And things got suspicious when I noticed that this person was also attending the other side of the family's events. My grandparents were the only link to both clans, so to speak, but when I pointed the guy out to my grandparents they didn't know who he was.

A balding, smallish European, maybe French looking man (not unexpected in my family), with a curious old fashioned mustache. The oddest thing regarding his appearance was that he was always wearing the same clothes. A mustard and black tweed herringbone pattern suit and a black bowler hat.

Just who was that chap? Nobody knows.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2018, 10:56:40 pm »

memories like this make me think about getting back to work on time machine technology. 



Or perhaps someone already did,  Have you ever thought of wearing yellow and black herringbone?
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« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 04:44:11 pm »

I remember a Chech/West Germany TV show about a man with a bowler.
Even though he was friendly, it was a bit creapy to my experience.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2018, 07:26:38 pm »

memories like this make me think about getting back to work on time machine technology. 



Or perhaps someone already did,  Have you ever thought of wearing yellow and black herringbone?

I'd need to lose my fashion sense, quite a bit of hair first and grow a mustache,which is rather difficult for me.  Grin
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2018, 07:44:57 pm »

I remember a Chech/West Germany TV show about a man with a bowler.
Even though he was friendly, it was a bit creapy to my experience.


Yeah, and let's not forget the chaps in A Clockwork Orange! And doesn't Howard E. Nigma (The Riddler) wear a bowler?

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« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2018, 08:28:23 am »

I remember a Chech/West Germany TV show about a man with a bowler.
Even though he was friendly, it was a bit creapy to my experience.


Yeah, and let's not forget the chaps in A Clockwork Orange! And doesn't Howard E. Nigma (The Riddler) wear a bowler?

(A Clockwork Brass?  Grin

And Thomson and Thompson from Tintin
When you think of it, a lot of interesting characters (both heroes as villains) are wearing a bowler.
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« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2018, 06:12:41 pm »

For me the bowler hat wearer will always be John Steed in 'The Avengers'.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2018, 03:01:27 pm »

What about Auric Goldfinger's man Oddjob?
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« Reply #13 on: April 12, 2018, 01:08:54 am »

Mr. Benn (wiki)
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« Reply #14 on: April 12, 2018, 11:31:48 am »

Not forgetting Mr. Charles Chaplin.....
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2018, 01:47:59 pm »

The Homepride Men.
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2018, 02:21:24 pm »

The headwear of choice for Captain Mainwairing (Dad's Army). Also John Cleese's character in the Beyond the Fringe 'class' sketch. If if remember correctly, the bowler actually started out as a 'working class' hat in Victorian times but clearly progressed through the social ranks as time progressed.

For me the bowler hat wearer will always be John Steed in 'The Avengers'.


I absolutely agree with that.

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« Reply #17 on: April 13, 2018, 01:06:08 am »

Was watching something on telly the other day - Antiques Roadshow, I think. Fella had brought in a clock given to his ancestor as a retirement gift. From an engineering works, I think. Had a photo of the staff. The factory foremen wore bowlers, and the workers wore their flat cloth caps.
Agree that John Steed was the quintessential bowler-hat man!!
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