Is there anything more exciting than a package in the mail? Oh, Happy Day: it's the Stetson bowler I won on eBay last week!
I'm not sure how old this bowler is but it's old. As I mentioned a few days ago, it's a summer bowler with teeny perforations in the crown. It looks like it was purchased at a hat shop called Jordan's in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
The fit is excellent -- while the hat is rigid, it is much more flexible than either the cheapo Made-in-China bowler I returned, or either of the two bowlers I tried on at J.J. Hat Center last week.
There's definitely something about this hat that makes you go all jazz-hands.
As you can see, it fits lower on my head, diminishing the Stan Laurel effect (somewhat).
Happiness is a black bowler!
In other news, Michael wore his crossword shirt today and received many compliments. Thank you, readers, for your many kind comments about his big shirt reveal yesterday.
Tomorrow is April 1 and, just so you know, I will not be doing any kind of April Fools post. At MPB it's all real, all the time.
In closing, friends, any idea how old my bowler might be?
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