Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The Rise And Fall of The Mexican Monster Brims

May 2, 2018
   There's not much in this world that I love more than a picture like this:

Sombreros On The Bridge

   Where did these magnificent hats come from and where did they go? That is a question that intrigues me. There was a time, around the Mexican Revolution, when this huge hat style become so popular, it crossed the border into the U.S.:

January 13, 1906 edition, El Paso Herald.

   It wasn't long before the big brim look invaded Hollywood:

 Tom Mix and Horses

Buck Jones movie poster

   The Monster Brims started to fade after WWII and by the fifties a more conservative, and narrow style, swept the land:

Small brim Nation

   But around the early seventies, some of us who grew up admiring those Monster Brims sought them out:

The Razz Band With Hans, 1978

   They were hard to find, but it was worth the hunt. Thanks to this post I got contacted by RJ Preston who makes these monster brims for all of you who may want them. Check him out:

RJ Preston's custom made Sugarloaf 

"The bigger the brim, the smaller the spread."
—Old Vaquero Saying


  1. Quite a topic to get your head around? Glad you got on top of the story Bob!

  2. I remember seeing a Hoss Cartright hat in stores back in 1968.

  3. Anonymous2:09 PM

    Thank goodness for Stetsons.

  4. Anonymous6:01 PM

    Billy the Kid is said to have favored "sugarloaf" hats. Ahead of his times in fashion!


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