Archive for Friday, September 13, 2013

100 years ago: ‘Exit the straw lid’ — Mayor declares hat-changing time for residents

September 13, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 13, 1913:

  • "Exit the straw lid. The fifteen days' armistice which was declared on the first of September because of the heat will expire at midnight tonight. Mayor Bond has given his officers special instructions to pinch all who appear on the streets with the panama and semi-panama coverings tomorrow. So you better stow your old straw hat away in the attic and dig out that old felt. The straw one was a real companion during these long hot days and he served you well but he must go now."
  • "On Monday morning the sound of the school bell will be heard again in Lawrence, the first time in three months. That bell means much to something like 2,600 children of the City of Lawrence, some of them have been eagerly waiting for it, while others go back with regret. Several hundred will hear and respond to its call the first time on Monday morning, to them it marks the opening of a new world and the young explorers are eager to get at this task."
  • "The city is putting in a new arc light at the corner of Adams [14th] and Ohio streets. This corner has always been a dark one and the descent of the steep hill here has been treacherous when rain or snow made the sidewalk slippery. The installation of the light at the beginning of school when the street is used most is gratifying."
  • "The local thermometer dropped down to 52 degrees last night, the coolest it has been for months. Today was in every respect a dandy and there is every indication that the hot weather is all over for 1913. The weather man promises some more of the same sort for tomorrow and it will be most welcome.... The rains of this week have not yet touched the country wells and many farmers are still obliged to haul water. However, the cooler weather brings much relief and it is hoped that more rain will fall soon and the wells be replenished."
  • "One little point is all that keeps Ty Cobb from being the leading batsman of the American league. His average is .390, according to the week's unofficial figures and Joe Hack's is .391. The Detroit man has made 124 hits in 318 times at bat, and the Cleveland man 164 hits in 419 times at bat. Cobb has steadily gained on his rival in the last three weeks."


clovis_sangrail 2 years, 2 months ago

Thankfully, we live in a more enlightened time in which it is no longer a criminal offense to wear straw after Labor Day.

Robert Wells 2 years, 2 months ago

Correction please! You can wear a straw hat after Labor Day BUT not while sitting on a couch on your front porch. Just like fireworks, you will have to do that outside of city limits.

Fatty_McButterpants 2 years, 2 months ago

clovis_sangrail, I must say that I sometimes wish we had fashion police nowadays.

tyson travis 2 years, 2 months ago

Today the chief offender is low-riding pants with the tops of boxers showing several inches above the waistband. The baseball cap has entirely replaced the straw or fedora for year-round wear. It's also OK to wear white after Labor Day as well.

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