Stetson Open Road 25

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.

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Stetson Gun Club western hat

This vintage hat was made by the John B. Stetson Company in the 1960s-early 1970s.  It has an early 20th century style curled brim, made famous by Stetson’s Boss Raw Edge hats.  It has a thin ribbon, and JBS branding iron pin. The brim measures 3-1/2″

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Stetson Stratoliner
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.

Size: 7-1/4
Brim Width: 2-1/2″
Ribbon Width: 3/8″
Crown Height: 5-3/8″

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Royal DeLuxe Stetson

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.