In a message dated 8/21/2008 7:49:21 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
firstname.lastname@example.org_ (mailto:email@example.com) writes:
<< In some early 19th century eastern European photographs, we see our
ancestors wearing a sort of skullcap that could be pulled down a bit
so it won't fly off in the wind. In other photographs I've seen, the
small cap is prevalent. Is the difference a matter of time and / or
place? Can we more or less date a photograph by the type of yarmulke worn?>>
==You have a point there about being blown off by the wind. I believe the
tiny yarmulke under 6 inches was designed to be worn under a hat
or at home indoors. Today's tiny ones, and the little knitted ones >from
Israel became popular only in the last seventy years.
==I'm not sure what exactly you mean by "a sort of skullcap that could
be pulled down a bit so it won't fly off in the wind." The alternative
to my mind is a black cylinder about 4 inches deep. For what it's worth,
that was common also in Germany into the 1930s, more so by the
very religious and by older men.
==Yes, I think it varied with time, occasion, and ambience, not just
by geography. In photos I've seen, it seems to have been favored by
those at work--mechanics, shopkeepers . . . probably because it could
be worn securely while reaching for a high shelf.
==The first man who used one of the new-fangled woman's hairclip
(ignoring the Torah's injunctions against wearing female clothing)
started something of a sartorial revolution.
Michael Bernet, New York