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

The very first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher. He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, for causing a disturbance

The very first top hat was worn by John Hetherington, a London haberdasher. He was fined £50 the first time he wore his new creation, for causing a disturbance

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

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

'Afternoon Tea: Rhymes For Children' (1880)  British illustrators J. G Sowerby and H.H. Emmerson. Children's verses from the Victorian era.

'Afternoon Tea: Rhymes For Children' (1880) British illustrators J. G Sowerby and H.H. Emmerson. Children's verses from the Victorian era.

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

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

Yee Hah! JESSE JAMES: LAWMAN, western movie with script by Janet Hetherington and directed by Brett Kelly, will be making its premiere at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on May 28. get your tickets ($10 each) at the Comic Book Shoppe on Bank Street. Stars loads of local talent such as Andrew Galligan, John N. E. Hill and Lawrence Evenchick along with Kevin (Hercules, Andromeda) Sorbo and Peter (Easy Rider) Fonda!

Yee Hah! JESSE JAMES: LAWMAN, western movie with script by Janet Hetherington and directed by Brett Kelly, will be making its premiere at the Mayfair Theatre in Ottawa, Canada on May 28. get your tickets ($10 each) at the Comic Book Shoppe on Bank Street. Stars loads of local talent such as Andrew Galligan, John N. E. Hill and Lawrence Evenchick along with Kevin (Hercules, Andromeda) Sorbo and Peter (Easy Rider) Fonda!

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

Dame Nellie Melba biographer John Hetherington published 1993.

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 13, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) cruises in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nimitz is underway hosting friends and family day, an event where nearly 400 civilian guests joined the ship's crew for a special one-day underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

OAK HARBOR, Wash. (June 13, 2014) The aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) cruises in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Nimitz is underway hosting friends and family day, an event where nearly 400 civilian guests joined the ship's crew for a special one-day underway. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class John Hetherington)

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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