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Why Not? [May. 6th, 2018|08:46 am]
Tony Grist
Why not live one's dreams- I thought- especially when they come cheap?- so instead of just moaning about people not wearing tricorne hats any longer- I went on eBay and bought myself one.

The first time she saw me wearing it my mother was scornfully incredulous (it's something she's always been rather good at) "Is that a naval hat?" she asked. "Well, yes," I said, I suppose it is. Sort of..."

I wore it much of yesterday. It keeps the sun off. And yesterday was very sunny. I don't suppose I'll wear it to go out in because my tolerance for being pointed at is low- but there's nothing intrinsically impracticable about it.

Whenever I caught sight of my shadow in the sun I wondered whether someone might spot me from a distance and think I was a ghost.


[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-05-06 01:14 pm (UTC)
I like it. And I like your shadow-ghost here, as well.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-06 02:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2018-05-06 02:47 pm (UTC)
I like it and it suits you. I would probably say "Full ahead" and wear it out anyway, but I have always been a rather in your face kind of person fashion-wise anyway.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-06 03:25 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-05-06 09:57 pm (UTC)
Our Guardia Civil, the National Civil Guard who are, among other things, responsible for traffic control on the motorways, all used to wear tricornes as a part of their regular uniforms. These days they are part of the dress uniform only.
Here's a vintage photo:

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-07 07:25 am (UTC)
Ah yes, I remember them from the Bunuel movies of my youth....

Strictly speaking, though, I believe those are bicornes- a point on either side but nothing in front. They're similar to the hat Napoleon wore when he was being the little corporal.

Another thing- the Guardia hats look as though they're hard- on the way to being helmets- while the hat I'm wearing is soft.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-05-07 07:50 am (UTC)

They're traditionally called "tricornios" in Spain because while the front isn't angular it is considered the third point. They're made of black patent leather so quite rigid but afford no protection as a helmet might. Their history is quite interesting.

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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-05-07 08:21 pm (UTC)
Oh very cool.
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