Thinking Hats

Maybe it’s the overall simple design + painterly feel or maybe it’s my Mad Men queue, but something has me seriously attracted to old shop signs lately. When visiting Santa Fe in February, I noticed this incredible Galisteo Hats sign peeking out from under the shade. Perhaps it’s the nostalgia for that era when hats were in place of our current day sunglasses, but this ad alone makes me want to walk in and have a gentleman fit my head with a perfect hat made just for me.
Last weekend on a road trip out to the Texas hill country to see Todd Snider play at the famous Gruene Hall (oldest dance hall in Texas!), I had to pull over when I spotted this terrific ad painted on the side of a now closed up Hat Shop. It seems the building has been abandoned for some time, but the ad still looks great, and greets you as you turn the corner towards the historic town of New Braunfels from Gruene. That twinge of nostalgia hits pretty hard when visiting these old towns that now have more than half their main square empty with For Sale signs in the windows.

Hat’s off to the weekend!

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