- Pork pie hat
A pork pie hat or porkpie hat is a type of hat made of
feltor, less commonly, straw. It is somewhat similar to a Trilbyor a fedora, but with a flat top. The crown is short and has an indentation all the way around, instead of the "pinch crown" typically seen on Fedoras and homburgs. The pork pie hat originated in the mid 19th century. Originally referring to a type of woman's hat, it gets its name from its resemblance to a pork pie. [ [http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?l=p&p=24 Article in online etymological dictionary] ]
The pork pie hat was a staple of the British "man-about-town" style for many years. Pork pie hats are often associated with
jazz, bluesand skamusicians and fans. Charles Minguswrote an elegy for jazz saxophonegreat Lester Youngcalled "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat". In Jamaica, the hat was popularized by the 1960s rude boysubculture, which traveled to the United Kingdomand influenced the mod and skinheadsubcultures (although Jamaican and British pork pie hats are more similar to a very short-brimmed Trilby rather than the US style). Jamaican ska artist Laurel Aitkenperformed the song "Give Me Back My Pork Pie Hat." Robert Oppenheimer, the physicist known as the father of the atomic bomb frequently wore a pork pie hat. Singer Dean Martinwas known to be partial to pork pie hats, and they became a trademark of the silent film comedian Buster Keatonwho handmade his own. The hat was prevalent in New Guineain January 1944, when Australian troops had just defeated a Japanese stronghold at Kankiryo Saddle. ["Australia in the War of 1939—1945: Series 1—Army, Volume VI—The New Guinea Offensives" (1st Edition 1961), pg. 766]
cartoon" Pinky and The Brain" ( Warner Bros., 1995-1998) three-part episode "Brainwashed" (1998), The Brain is named "Pork Pie" after the hat he is wearing in The Land of Hats.
The pork pie hat had a resurgence in popularity after
Gene Hackman's character Jimmy "Popeye" Doylewore one in "The French Connection", a film released in 1971.Fact|date=September 2008
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