Several readers (2, actually) have inquired about the identity of the man in the photograph representing me on this blog. He is Ibrahim, my father's father. In the picture above he is holding his daughter with his son, my father, standing on the left. The picture is not dated. My father was born in 1911 and the wearing of the fez was outlawed in 1925. Therefore, I estimate that the picture was taken in about 1921 in Istanbul where they lived.
I never met Ibrahim. He died a year or 2 before I was born. The lady in the picture below was his wife, my grandmother, who had died even earlier, sometime in the late 1930s.
The Ottomans adopted the fez (fes in Turkish) in 1829. The hat had originated in North Africa. In fact, its name comes from the name of the city of Fez in Morocco. Interestingly, the Turks call Morocco Fas.
Eventually, the fez became a symbol of the Ottoman government from which Mustafa Kemal Atatürk's new republic was trying to dissociate itself in the 1920s. So, after they abolished the sultanate and the caliphate, they got rid of the fez as well.