Your Hat, Your Class..?


Derbydefinition: 1) a horse race usually for three-year-old’s held annually; 2) a race or contest open to all comers; 3) a stiff felt hat with a dome-shaped top and narrow brim.

Man wearing bowler hat in 1916.
Man wearing bowler hat in 1916. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I saw this word and it’s third definition, it occurred to me that a Derby is the same thing as a Bowler hat. So why the two names? During my investigation I found a great post. http://indiansummervintage.wordpress.com/2009/02/07/34-bowler-vs-derby/   – as it happens the Derby is the American name and Bowler is the English name for the same style of hat. It was interesting to read that the type of hat you wore denoted which class you belonged to. A status symbol of hats!

This snippet of information is one I will file away for possible future use. The mention of the style of hat worn by a character will characterize his status.

 

 

 

Magritte_TheSonOfMan

Obviously we all know the most famous bowler hat images of many Magritte‘s paintings. They are clever depictions but at the same time slightly disturbing as we are unable to see a face.

I enjoy abstracts and post impressionist artist’s work the most but art is subjective and everyone has their own taste.

 

 

 

 

Horse Racing
Horse Racing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

The other definition of horse racing, reminded me of a long weekend spent in Devon (England) with my brother and his friends. It was the first time I had actually attended a horse race, which is odd considering the nearest town to me growing up was Newbury, Berkshire. A well known race course and frequented by royalty and celebrities.

Our weekend in Devon was great fun and although I’m not a gambler I did manage to assist our host in winning. I chose the horse names and he placed the bets. We were treated to a very nice evening meal with his profits from the day.

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