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05/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Was JFK Responsible For American Disavowal Of Hat-Wearing?

It's often stated that his hatless inaugural appearance sparked a mass rejection of hat wearing from which the hat industry never recovered. Before that, every person wore a hat of some sort when out in public; like pants or shoes, wearing a hat was a necessity.

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