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Monday, December 01, 2008

December Theme Day - Circles and Spheres

Shot with Olympus E510
December's theme day is Circles or Spheres, and I was pleased when I thought of the round bowler hat, which has become a true London icon (even though you will see extremely few around these days).

It has a fascinating history - it was originally designed in the mid 19th century (by a firm called Bowler) to protect a gamekeeper's head from branches while riding on horseback. Outside of London, it was something that servants like butlers would wear. Yet somehow in London it became associated with professionals and City gents - bankers, stockbrokers, civil service. It remained so through to the 60s (I remember my dad wearing one) but then fell into disuse. This guy is a doorman, so it is an appropriate use.

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