When the first top hat was worn by the haberdasher John Hetherington in 1797, it caused a near riot. According to a newspaper account, “passersby panicked at the sight. Several women fainted, children screamed, dogs yelped, and an errand boy’s arm was broken when he was trampled by the mob.” So Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”
Few items in a gentleman's wardrobe have the same air of sophistication as the top hat or topper. When the infamous first top hat was worn by John Hetherington in 1797, it caused a riot. According to a contemporary newspaper account, passersby panicked at the sight. Several women fainted and children screamed. Hetherington was hauled into court for wearing "a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people. It is also useful for conjuring white rabbits out of.
BATTLEFIELDS OF EUROPE - 2013. Travel to the Battlefields of France and Belgium with John Hetherington to visit famous WW1 and WW2 sites. This tour is designed for anyone who would like to know more about the sacrifices made by our brave soldiers of the two world wars. Tour Dates: July 15-26, 2013. See the brochure for complete details. Contact: John Hetherington at: 705-497-3992 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Or call: Verstraete Travel: 1.800.565.9267
https://flic.kr/p/JpoeAq | 160622-N-DC740-068 | OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 22, 2016) Aviation Electrician's Mate Airman Shayna Kleinmanphillips, assigned to Patrol Squadron (VP) 30, tows a P-8 Poseidon on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island's Ault Field. The P-8 is scheduled to replace the P-3, in naval service since the 1960s, no later than 2020. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington/Released)