Roger Byrne Posted November 13, 2021 Share Posted November 13, 2021 TwoStep, I hate to break it to Gary, BUT in 1894 the engineer would NOT have been wearing one of those Poky-Dot caps. The Kromer cap didn't come about until 1903 and even then, they were first made with blue & white striped material. Even today, you can buy blue/white striped caps and solid color caps from Komer along with the ones Gary wears. The paragraph below is from the Kromer Company's own history page. Please also note that both George and Ida are pictured in NON Poky-Dot hats! "One semi-famous railroader took time off to play semi-pro and professional baseball. George "Stormy" Kromer was an engineer for the Chicago and North Western. Kromer made a habit of wearing his baseball cap while at the controls of his engine, but it just wasn't quite what he needed while on the job. Kromer came home one day and lamented his discomfort to to his wife, Ida. The Kromers put their heads together and came up the design of what we now call the railroad engineer's cap. Ida Kromer, an expert seamstress, assembled George's new cap with what she had at hand: blue and white pinstripe pillow ticking. Their efforts were a hit. The cap became very popular among railroaders, and ultimately resulted in the beginning of a business that still exists today." George and Ida Kromer 2 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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