I'm always on the lookout for Billy the Kid's distinctive hat style from his only known photo. Almost everyone assumes it's a top hat, but it's really just a haphazardly-pinched-crease on the crown of a modest-brimmed cowboy hat. Today while proofing an article on drought in the Texas Panhandle in the 1880s I came across this cowhand:
Here's the cowboy in context:
Since he tipped his brim up, probably at the suggestion of the photographer, the stoved in crease created the exaggerated angular look to the crown. It looks a tad odd to us today but it was all the go back in the day.
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