Re: Different H.J.'s

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Posted by Max from on September 24, 1998 at 08:50:17:

In Reply to: Different H.J.'s posted by Indy Magnoli on September 24, 1998 at 08:04:50:

: : Mr. Swales (he made the hats for the movies)
: : Mr. Guitard (he made the hats for the TV series)

: Max,

: I talked to Mr. Swales while I was in London about the hat. I ended up getting the McAlpine cut to the same pattern as the poet because I felt the color was closer and the felt a better quality.

: The McAlpine looks closer to the Temple of Doom version (slightly shorter crown and thicker felt), but what of the Young Indy hat? I heard H.J. made them, but it is a very different shape than the film version. Young Indy's is poorly shaped, but clearly has a shorter crown. Did you get any info from Mr. Guitard?

: Thanks,
: Indy

I didn't see a McAlpine but from the catalog it seems that it is
slightly lighter. I decided to go with the "Poet" though as I was
told that the prop guys beat the hell out of those poor fedoras and
that this is a reason why they appear to be lighter in some shots.
As for the Young Indy Chronicles hat, you are right I was told that
it has a much shorter crown, probably to reduce the big appearance of
the hat in a whole. Anyway, I did not really ask further questions
about his hat but appearantely it's still made by Herbert Johnson.
I'm really not that familiar with the YIJC hat but it appears to be
another modification of an existing hat (brim cut, crown shaped and
shortened. Sorry that I can't help you anymore but I'm not really an
expert on YIJC, I merely saw some episodes.

Are you interested in buying one of those hats from Herbert Johnson?
If yes you'd probably best of phoning HJ and ask for Jean Luc Guitard,
he should be able to give you an explanation and price. Also I
recently came across a 'Lucasfilm licensed' YIJC hat at a local hunting
supply store. It was fur felt and about $35-40.


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