I have to back Aage on this one too. I was looking at a photo from 1920 of an oil well in West Texas. It was the first in what eventually turned out to be a very significant oil field. My friends Grandfather was a Wildcatter that drilled the well.In the photo the entire town turned out. It is one of those extra wide photos and very interesting. The thing that struck me was that out of 278 people in the photo only 2 are not wearing hats. One is a young child that looks less than 1 and the other is Michael's Grandfather because he is holding it up in the air in salute. The other interesting thing is that the photo was taken on August 12 1920. Have you ever been to West Texas in August? Well, every single woman has a long black dress on, a white long sleeve top and a black hat. The men are all wearing black coats, ties, and every sort of hat imagined. The only man or boy not wearing a coat is a derrick worker. He is wearing a tie though.
Times have changed for the better or worse. People are much more casual these days. I have worked for many truly affluent people over the years. They all dress very casually almost all the time. The only people trying to dress up and look affluent, that I encounter, are those wanting to be preceived that way.
I do not see anything in that photo is unusual for the times it was taken. The people seem to be dressed fairly normal.
With changing times, attitudes have changed significantly. I think now a days, most Airstreamers tend to be less elite in their attitudes about their Airstream lives.
This is not an attempt to make you look bad or be confrontational. I am just expressing my own opinion. I must say I love seeing these old photos.
This is the guy I think of when I think of Mr. Byam. Even with a tie on it is not a formal tie. He looks fairly casual and relaxed. I do however have no doubt that when the occasion arose that the tux could come out.