From a 2009 post of The Bespoken: For Gentlemen:
... I love old movies, and my eyes sometimes linger on the crowd scenes where every man, wealthy or poor, is wearing a hat, every woman too. It is quaint. It is almost hard to imagine that society was ordered in that way. Wearing a hat was as commonly prescribed like sedatives are today. I find it fascinating that gentleman in old time movies courtly remove their hat whenever a lady comes into a room, back in the days when women were ladies, like it or not.