Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More "Mad Men" - 1965

Each new show that I watch makes me smile. I don't know where they get the office furniture but it is so 1960. The clothing - men and women - is a flashback. I won't make comment on what the women are wearing but it is certainly historically accurate. And the men?

The lead character, Don Draper, is normally smoking, drinking in the office, AND wearing or carrying a fedora hat whenever he comes into or leaves the office or home. And I have heard the style is coming back. Sure enough, one day recently I was walking through our local Target store, and there they were, the Don Draper Fedora Hat. A big display of them. Turned up sides and rear, and down in front.

My folks wanted me to wear a hat because they were convinced that it would keep me from catching a cold. Even though modern science has debunked that theory and has instead determined that colds are caused by viruses, we weren't smart enough to know it at that time, so I wound up with a hat. Normally it sat on a shelf and I avoided wearing it, and finally they decided it wasn't worth arguing about. Pick your battles. They chose others. But if I had only known Don Draper, you can bet I would have worn it everywhere!

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