"Those atrabilious persons who affect to see 'the passing of the straw hat' are simply setting up men of straw and knocking them down. It is quite true that the light felt hat has made some inroads latterly upon the straw, but almost wholly at sports. The straw hat as an article of fashion and comfort and as a welcome seasonal change will be on top long after its too eager mourners are mouldering in forgotten graves."
As evident from the New York Times yesterday, the straw hat is receiving a bit of a revival. Will the straw boater be part of it?