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History White "Street Rod" gatsby hats - circa 1978

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by T-Bone, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. T-Bone
    Joined: Mar 17, 2001
    Posts: 359


    Anyone remember these from the late 1970's. White gatsby-like hats with a button front. Usually had a automotive logo on the front. Back in the "Street is Neat" days everybody had one, usually filled with buttons and pins....anyone know what I'm talking about, or where to get one nowadays?
  2. KIRK
    Joined: Nov 17, 2005
    Posts: 384


    Ya I remember. I still have mine, had a blue oval Ford logo on the front and a bunch of pins. I don't think I'll ever wear it again but I'll keep it forever. I still have a club jacket from the 60's and the club plaque. I put the plaque on my tudor.
  3. 2002p51
    Joined: Oct 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,362


    You mean like this one:


    This is around 1977 and God, I can't believe I was that skinny!

    What a dork!
  4. My dad calls them "Roadster Caps" I don't know why though..

  5. 2 reasons why they were known as "roadster caps" One, the sports car guys and the LA Roadster guys would use them to keep their hair in place while cruzin' (usually backwards) but more importantly, Jay Orberg of the Mr. Roadster Company was selling them at all the rod runs, literally coast to coast. In Tulsa in '76, Jay was selling them as fast as his wife could sew the patches them on in the back of their booth.

    Ahh them waz da days............
  6. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 8,134

    Rootie Kazoootie
    from Colorado

    Are we talking Stroker McGurk hats?

    Attached Files:

  7. Also known as "Stroker hats", after Stroker McGurk.
  8. 48fordnut
    Joined: Nov 4, 2005
    Posts: 4,129


    I have a pic of my dad in the 20s with a similiar one, only in leather.
  9. I'm sure a haberdasher would know them by a different name.
  10. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 8,134

    Rootie Kazoootie
    from Colorado

    Yeah, thats what I thought,.... you young guys, sheesh! :D
  11. Keep in mind, Stroker was drawn by Tom Medley, real tight with the LA Roadster guys, may have been a member at one time, hence the "look" morphed from real life to the comics.
    Joined: Aug 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,259


    My dad called em "doggin caps"?
  13. hell yeah....I wore one in high school,still got one some where...used to buy them for $1.99......have a sorce for new ones??
  14. Koops
    Joined: Apr 17, 2001
    Posts: 243


    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
    Joined: Mar 20, 2008
    Posts: 296


    Go online, google, Hats In The Belfry, they call them 'big apple ' or 'paper boy hats'
  16. GassersGarage
    Joined: Jul 1, 2007
    Posts: 4,727


    There were called newsboy hats and the big ones are called the big apple. I still wear them.
  17. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    I had a brown leather one that I wore forever until my dog chewed it up. The tweed ones were for the MG TD set.

    If we are talking fad street rod hats don't forget the straw cowboy hats that all of us wannabe urban cowboys were buying at the street rod shows. There was a big market in fancy hat bands and feathers for them. Check your 70s/80s photos to see how many of them show up in the background.
  18. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,900


    Why'd he call them that? (see my pic)
  19. plan9
    Joined: Jun 3, 2003
    Posts: 4,065


    outside the car world they go by Paddy caps or Flat caps.. in socal you can get them at most surplus stores that sell clothes as well as vintage clothing shops. you just have to look around a bit... im sure Atlanta will have places that carry the style hat you want.
  20. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    A small leather version is popular among metal workers.
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 1,428

    from Ojai,Ca

    Try Newsboy Cap on Ebay there are a lot but mostly stylish ones.
  22. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,947


    my kid just turned 18,he's got about 4 or 5 different ones he wears. i was always told they were called "GO TO HELL " hats. i guess when somebody said somethin about it,thats what you told em:D:cool:
  23. T-Bone
    Joined: Mar 17, 2001
    Posts: 359


    The cowboy hat fad hit the population at large though, the Stroker/Roadster/NewsBoy caps were particular to the StreetRod subculture. The cap in the Hats in the Belfry ad are nice, but it was the cheapie knockoff on the other link I remember so well from those days...I had one, so did my dad and brother.

    Like this one?:

    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  24. HotRodDriver
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 49

    from Oklahoma

    Stroker Hats is what we called them. I still have two - one plain (w/buttons) one with a Chevrolet patch. Both bought in '73.

  25. Jeff Norwell
    Joined: Aug 20, 2003
    Posts: 13,853

    Jeff Norwell
    Staff Member

    JiveBomber is Stroker in the flesh.
  26. Shifty Shifterton
    Joined: Oct 1, 2006
    Posts: 4,964

    Shifty Shifterton

    No I said metalworkers, that guy's obviously a woodworker. And either an airline pilot or nazi judging by his hat.
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  27. 46highboypu
    Joined: Jul 24, 2007
    Posts: 21


    You can order them from Old Dog Street Rods in St. Louis, online too.
  28. 40Standard
    Joined: Jul 30, 2005
    Posts: 5,919

    from Indy

    still got mine but not so white anymore
  29. gnichols
    Joined: Mar 6, 2008
    Posts: 11,111

    from Tampa, FL

    I had a tan swede one in my Healey days, as always thought of myself as Jackie Stewart or Colin Chapman I guess. The "stroker" hats I remember looked just like it, and were more or less a cotton golf hat.

    I also thought the other hats, like the news boys, were just for the guys with Superfly Cars, and I didn't have big enough headlights! Gary

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