Centenary of the "Belltopper."
This useful article this year celebrates its existence for 100 years m Europe. It was first introduced by means of Benjamin Franklin's "Quaker hab," which he used as representative of the United States m Paris, 1789. According to the "Journal of Fashion " of that time this form of hat then replaced the threecornered one of previous wear. The "Cylinder," as it was called, had m the first years a very demonstrative reception through being introduced by an American Republican, and was regarded as a sign of democratic and revolutionary tendencies. In Germany for years the authorities did not allow it to be worn, while m Russia the Government absolutely prohibited it by strong penal punishment. About th 6 year 1849 the Cylinder had its character changed entirely, and was then considered as an indication of well-disposed people. A somewhat similar misfortune afterwards befel the low-crowned felt hat, with which the police authorities of
Europe took such great trouble, as being a sign of advanced democracy and revolution. To-day we find both these head coverings lying peaceably together, and only fashion makes such corrections as the taste of hat wearers require or the '' Journal dcs Modes "dictates.
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Centenary of the "Belltopper.", Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 15 July 1890
Centenary of the "Belltopper." Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2467, 15 July 1890
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