In an era where no outfit was complete without a hat, the Panama was a godsend. For the gold-miners of the West, it offered face and head protection during a day’s work in the sun, for businessmen in the East it was an attractive way to keep your melon cool in an office sans A/C, and for everyone else, nothing looked better when posted up on a porch wasting a summer’s day.

-Jake Gallagher, GQ on Style

(Source: panamahatfacts.com)

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