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Breaking The Code To The Catcher In The Rye: Holden's hat

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Cosmic Arcata | 198 comments Mod
I was actually studying the Jaguar automobile company.

It was started by
Reginald Walter Maudslay

He started the:
Standard Motor Company
In 1903, putting up as a public company in 1914, right before WW1.

"In 1914 Standard became a public company."

"First World War
During the First World War the company produced more than 1000 aircraft, including the Royal Aircraft Factory B.E.12, Royal Aircraft Factory R.E.8, Sopwith Pup and Bristol F.2-B in a new works at Canley that opened on 1 July 1916. Canley would subsequently become the main centre of operations.[4] Other war materials produced included shells, mobile workshops for the Royal Engineers, and trench mortars."

Maudslay married Susan Gwendolen, née Herbert, on 30 January 1908; the couple had two sons and a daughter. Little is known of his private life, but "he acquired the reputation of a country gentleman and was fond of inspecting the shop floor wearing a deerstalker hat and matching overcoat." Contemporaries described him as "a gentlemanly engineer of the old school who found it difficult to adjust his ideas to the post-1918 industry".[5] He died in Marylebone, London, on 14 December 1934 after a short illness.[1]

This was the first time i have come across someone else wearing a "deer hunting hat." As Akley put it.

Do you have something to add to this?

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Cosmic Arcata | 198 comments Mod
Maybe we have a clue, in the hat, that there is a mystery in The Catcher in the Rye. There has been a murder committed, and Salinger, by way of Holden's narrative reveals the crime and criminals. Because Holden is wearing:

"The most famous wearer of a deerstalker is undoubtedly the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, who is popularly depicted favouring this style of cap. Holmes is never actually described as wearing a deerstalker by name in Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, though. However, most notably in "The Adventure of Silver Blaze," the narrator, Doctor Watson, describes him as wearing "his ear-flapped travelling cap", and in "The Boscombe Valley Mystery", as wearing a "close-fitting cloth cap". As the deerstalker is the most typical cap of the period matching both descriptions, it is not surprising that the original illustrations for the stories by Sidney Paget in Great Britain, and Frederic Dorr Steele in the United States, along with other illustrators of the period, depicted Holmes as a "deerstalker man", which then became the popular perception of him.

A great photo of Holmes in deerstalker hat:

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