This hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company. It is their iconic Open Road style, with a thin ribbon and a fedora flanged brim. This was their high end Stetson 25 model, meaning it cost 25 dollars when new. It has a wind string, a cut-down 2-1/4″ brim and a laced sweatband.
This vintage hat was made by the John B. Stetson company in the 1960s. It is a No. 1 quality, with a moderately wide ribbon, mid-with brim and western weight felt. It is a 7-1/4 long oval and has a 2-1/2″ brim.
This fedora was made by the John B. Stetson Company, probably in the late 1980s-early 1990s. It is made of Sovereign grade fur felt and was originally sold by Stark & Legum of Norfolk, VA. It is a size 7-1/2 regular oval.
This vintage fedora was made by the John B. Stetson company in the 1950s. It is their legendary “Stratoliner” model, named after the Boeing 307 Stratoliner airplane. The model was similar to Stetson’s “Open Road”, but with slightly more flange to the brim. While the Open road was marketed with more western iconography, the Stratoliner was sold as a modern, sporty hat. This one was made with fur felt of the “Royal” designation. It has a brown leather sweatband, with Stetson’s 1950s crest. It has a three color liner logo, which indicates a date of manufacture towards the end of the decade. This hat was sold by Cronin-Peterson Men’s Wear of Rochester, Minnesota. It still has the original price tag on the sweatband.
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Ribbon Width: 3/8″
Crown Height: 5-3/8″
I got this as deadstock along with a 7-1/2 Whippet. Unfortunately, I sold the Whippet before people the name commanded such high prices. Still did very well on it, but got 7-1/2 Stetson prices, not Whippet prices. I think this really was the more interesting of the two hats, with the unusual thin binding, done in homburg style, and the thin felt band.