There is nothing new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes)
|Pharrell with hat creased "fore and aft" (eonline.com)|
Within days of the broadcast, I happened to be examining a 1910 newspaper supplement*, The Bitterroot Valley Illustrated, when an advertisement caused me to do a double-take.
ad, The Bitterroot Valley
Illustrated, May 1910
Like Pharrell and other 2014 "rangers," the 1912 wearer was free to mold the top into any shape he desired.
"[The hats] were usually creased fore and aft, but there were no regulations on the subject and it was left to the ranger to do whatever styling he wished." (Badges and Uniform Ornamentation of the National Park Service.)
* A supplement to the Hamilton-based Western News, the Illustrated was a lavish 50-page homage to the Bitterroot Valley, touting the region's abundant timber, fruit, and other riches. This and other digitized Montana special editions will soon be available on Chronicling America.