The Incredible Republican Hat and Pin Collection

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Aug. 29 2012 6:21 PM

The Incredible Republican Hat and Pin Collection

Photos of intensely decked-out delegates at the convention.

The Republican National Convention presents an unusual stylistic opportunity for delegates and other attendees. Men and women who usually avoid headwear may spend all day in a massive elephant or cheese hat. It is an opportunity to wear the dozens of party pins or patriotic jewely one has collected over the years, all at once. Check out these Magnum photos from the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. All photos by Richard Kalvar/Magnum Photos for Slate.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

An elephant hat reflected in a mirror at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Texas delegates in matching cowboy hats and red, white and blue shirts.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Another variety of elephant hat, along with an elephant shirt and large pins worn by Michael Lachs of the New Jersey delegation.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Texas (left) vs. Georgia (right) delegate style.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Security and the sign language interpreter in subdued black.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Matching young Republicans during a speech by their uncle, RNC Chariman Reince Priebus. They are accompanied by their mother.

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Richard Kalvar/ Magnum Photos for Slate.

A powerful smile.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

GOP accessorizing with earrings, pins, and hats.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

The boots to have at the Republican National Convention.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

The Mitt Romney 2012 cell phone case.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

The Wisconsin cheese hat.

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Richard Kalvar/ Magnum Photos for Slate.

A regent from the University of Michigan.

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Richard Kalvar/Magnum Photos for Slate.

The delegates from Hawaii wore flowers and leis.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

New York delegates’ sartorial statements were a bit more subdued.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

A woman from Georgia offers a bold take on red, white, and blue—and yellow.

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Richard Kalvar / Magnum Photos for Slate.

Jerry Hunter, a delegate from Missouri, speaks with one of the few attendees in an old school, proper, top hat.

More Photos from the Convention: Republican National Photo-Op Time

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