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Why Do They Call It a Pork Pie?

Submitted by on October 8, 2011 – 7:46 pm 3 Comments

Well. It’s a crust filled with a lot of pork and sometimes a hard-boiled egg.

This fedora is known as a Pork Pie.

A pork pie fedora is called as much because of the way the crown is pinched around the top. Some might also contend they also taste way better than an actual pork pie.

Wait, I bet you’re wondering why they call some fedoras a pork pie hat.

Well. Because it looks like a pork pie without the crust, ham or egg.

All right, all right. I kid.

A pork pie fedora features a cylindrical crown with a flat top that is pinched in

An Actual Pork Pie

This is what an actual pork pie looks like. Please notice the pinched top layer of crust.

around the outer edge. That last feature looks very similar to the way an actual pork pie is baked. Check out the pictures, and you’ll see the similarities.

The pork pie fedora has been around for at least a century. Silent film star Buster Keaton was the

Silent movie star Buster Keaton wearing his specially flattened pork pie hat.

Buster Keaton was a hilarious silent film comedian whose great stone face belied a manic athleticism in films that had him cheating death in every frame. His flattened pork pie hat was his signature trademark.

most famous wearer of the hat in the 1920s. He would buy 20 or 30 at a time and spend weeks crushing them into his trade mark style. Many wouldn’t survive the weeks of soaking and wringing and ironing and stiffening he would put them through to get them just right.

Later, blues and jazz musicians, such as Lester Young, would make the pork pie a hat almost strictly identified as a jazz man’s hat.

Still popular with musicians, these days a lot of people love the pork pie hat. It is classy and modern. The stingy brim look is particularly popular.

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  • Ted Cicci says:

    I’m a hat lover and the pork pie is my favorite by far!

  • Barbara Graham says:

    Thank you for this information on Porkpie hats and where they got their name. I believe my dad wore these but I never knew the name. I have read two books lately that mentioned them and I had to find out about them. Never saw a porkpie either and it doesn’t sound very good to me.

  • Paul Reiner says:

    The “pork pie hat” was a one year fad style during my senior year in high school in 1946. Also we wore dress shirts without ties and the shirt tails out. I used a different type as a fishing hat in later years.

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