Gastonia, North Carolina is a small town of about 70,000 people near Charlotte. Though this little town, established in the mid 1800’s largely by the railroad, may not be widely known one thing it does have is a fantastic web site known as Vintage Gastonia. The web site, which is maintained by Trenton Creative Enterprises, has a wonderful collection of local links and details on the history of the area. However, the interest to Dieselpunks is the section titled "Time Travel." One of my favorite comments on that section is about the iconic fedora:
Like any other time travel exercises (making the past the present and even the future), wearing a classic fur felt fedora (or a similar panama straw in warm weather) requires a bit of courage and a good measure of self-confidence. You will draw attention to yourself. Prepare for a few giggles and an occasional smirk, but, for the most part, you will draw respect and admiration. People will come up to you and say, "I like your hat," or "Where did you get your hat?" Many men secretly want to wear sharp looking hats, and many women would like to see their men attired in a more dapper manner. A proper hat sets off well-chosen clothing and gives the wearer a more complete and finished look. Step out into your world with your "lid" in place. Neither you nor it will ever be the same!
Any Dieselpunk can tell you that the writer captured what it’s like to live a Dieselpunk lifestyle.