Growing up in Montana, I don't recall the term "Stetson" being used to
describe a style. It was, and still is, used to describe a brand. Perhaps
in the larger culture, stetson = cowboy hat, and admittedly, this is a very
common brand, but the brand name is still important to the locals, much like
Wrangler jeans are part of the uniform. Sometimes I've heard other hats
referred to as Stetsons, but only ironically, much in the same way as one
might say, "Have Mack bring the Caddy 'round front," when one actually
drives a run-down pickup.
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From: "Rickard Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, March 26, 2001 6:39 AM
Subject: More on Stetson post
> Steve sent a lot of detail in his "Stetson in the Waste Land" post and I
> wanted to add a few more and make a few corrections too. I decided that
> I would do that in a seperate post from my real reply and this is it.
> The battle of Gallipoli we usually think about took place on the
> pennisula to the north of the Dardenelles but the campaign also took
> place to the south. It was there that the French landed.
> One reason the battle was so difficult was because the first invasion
> was called off and the ships headed back to Egypt to pick up the
> ammunition that was needed! This gave the Turkish army more warning.
> The Verdenal dedication to Prufrock was simpler at first, originally
> it was just "To Jean Verdenal, 1889-1915" (he was actually born 1890).
> Later editions had the information about the Dardenelles. For more
> detail than most care about on the dedication see
> On the diggers - this was an older Australian term for miners. The
> story is that the name got re-applied to the WWI soldiers because of
> all the digging they did (trenches.) I have a vague recollection
> of reading that the soldiers were called diggers before WWI though.
> On the "Mrs Porter" ballad I have more at
> You are just a bit off on the hats Steve. Both Stetson and Akubra are
> brand names. While Stetson has come to signify a certain style of hat
> (the cowboy hat) I don't think that Akubra has. The picture that you
> sent is more of the style that we call the Stetson but it is not the
> style worn by the diggers. That one looks like the classic safari hat
> of the movies with one side of the brim turned up (left side, so when
> the soldiers marched carrying their rifles left shoulder arms they would
> not knock their hats off.) I picked up two of these hats when
> vagabonding down under ages ago; they were made by two different
> companies, neither was Akubra.
> I may send some hat links in a future post. I've got a few good hats and
> Rick S. has at least one great one.
> Rick Parker