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The Original San Francisco Hipster Didn't Wear a Fedora

Today's hipsters aren't too similar to the original; photo via <a href="http://www.hbo.com/looking#/">HBO</a>/Facebook
Today's hipsters aren't too similar to the original; photo via HBO/Facebook

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The SF Chronicle is in the midst of a dive into the archives, thanks to its new search tool that mines content from stories published between 1865 and 1982. Reporter Peter Hartlaub has decided to use this new power to write a First Word series, finding when certain buzzwords first appeared in the newspaper. For the inaugural story, Peter found the first hipster in San Francisco. Harry "The Hipster" Gibson arrived in SF from New York in 1948 to perform music. He had a well-trimmed mustache, smoked dope on stage, and played the upright piano, Peter writes. Save for the facial hair, this original hipster earned the label for his music and his stage antics more so than his fashion choices. That said, his present day obscurity makes him a prime candidate for adoration from the current hipster crowd. To read more about Hipster Harry (and to see his perfectly groomed 'stache), click here.
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