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For decades, every May would see men’s clothing stores advertising their line of new straw hats. Here, for example, is a vintage ad for Huntington’s George H. Wright and Co. Note that the long-time men’s store was then located at the Adelphia Hotel.

Editor’s Note: This is the 442nd in a series of articles recalling vanished Huntington scenes.

Back in the day when no well-dressed gentleman would venture out of the house without a hat on his head, May 15 wasn’t just another date on the calendar. It was Straw Hat Day — the long-awaited day when it was time to trade one’s felt or wool hat for one fashioned from straw.

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