John hetherington

London haberdasher John Hetherington nearly caused a riot when he wore the first tophat into the Strand on Jan. 15, 1797:        An excited throng gathered about the owner and the crowd soon increased to such a dangerous extent that the authorities had to interfere. The next morning the daring haberdasher was brought before the Lord Mayor charged with ‘walking down a public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre calculated to alarm

London haberdasher John Hetherington nearly caused a riot when he wore the first tophat into the Strand on Jan. 15, 1797: An excited throng gathered about the owner and the crowd soon increased to such a dangerous extent that the authorities had to interfere. The next morning the daring haberdasher was brought before the Lord Mayor charged with ‘walking down a public highway wearing upon his head a tall structure having a shining lustre calculated to alarm

Jan. 15.  The 145th anniversary of the Top Hat.  Designed and first worn by John Hetherington, a London clothier.

Jan. 15. The 145th anniversary of the Top Hat. Designed and first worn by John Hetherington, a London clothier.

( DAME NELLIE Opera Singer ) MELBA - A Biography - JOHN HETHERINGTON

( DAME NELLIE Opera Singer ) MELBA - A Biography - JOHN HETHERINGTON

John Hetherington wore the first top hat in 1797. He was arrested for breach of the peace after ‘several women fainted at the unusual sight’.

John Hetherington wore the first top hat in 1797. He was arrested for breach of the peace after ‘several women fainted at the unusual sight’.

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

When first top hat was worn by 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.” Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”

When first top hat was worn by 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.” Hetherington was taken to court for wearing “a tall structure having a shining luster calculated to frighten timid people.”

The Top Hat Riot of 1797 The top hat was invented by John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand, London. What he called a “silk ha...

The Top Hat Riot of 1797 The top hat was invented by John Hetherington, a haberdasher of the Strand, London. What he called a “silk ha...

Tokum - Run named for the building; Tokum Corners. An #oldschool #skibum building lived in by locals John Hetherington, George Benjamin (pictured) and many others. But where did "Tokum" come from?

Tokum - Run named for the building; Tokum Corners. An #oldschool #skibum building lived in by locals John Hetherington, George Benjamin (pictured) and many others. But where did "Tokum" come from?

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