In this U.S Election year, The Hornet is making time to look at Presidential style…
The Panama Hat
Much is made of the oft-repeated theory that President Kennedy killed the hat business. We’ve looked at this great myth more than once ourselves, right here on The Hornet.
Less is made, however of the Presidents who did give a fillip to the hat makers.
Take President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of the United States. Famed for the New Deal and as a wartime leader, hats are perhaps the least of his legacy.
Yet when he visited the construction of the Panama Canal, wearing the titular titfer, he gave the hat’s popularity a huge boost in the United States.