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This photo of my great great grandfather was taken around 1900. He's a Lubavitch Jew from Belarus. His name is Zalman Malkin. He is from Liozna. The story of his life is here.

I was wondering if his kippah indicated a particular region, tradition, or style, or if that was just the general style of kippahs during that time period:

Black and white photo of a bearded Jew wearing a tall, round kippah with a flat top.

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+1, what an interesting question! – Adam Mosheh Jul 19 '12 at 3:27
It seems almost like one of those cool hats that Chazzanim are wearing in pictures of yesteryear, don't you think? – Adam Mosheh Jul 19 '12 at 3:28
It is the type of Yarmulkah that Chassidishe Rabbonim wore in that era – Meir Zirkind Jul 19 '12 at 3:46
Isn't that the classic käppchen that most Yidden wore before the war? – Danny Schoemann May 13 '15 at 14:47

Rabbi Moshe Feinstein Zatzal wore such a Yarmulke

Also Rabbi Elazar Menachem Man Shach Zatzal wore such a Yarmulke

My understanding is that such a Yarmulke was worn at times when no hat was worn in order to completely cover the head.

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Seems to be the common lithuanian kippah http://philippi-collection.blogspot.fr/2011/10/lithuanian-kippah.html

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It's the common yarmulka worn by learned men in Lithuania and Belarus, and some other places, at that time. Chassidishe rabbonim, too. Available online here: http://jerusalemyarmulka.com/Product.aspx?CategoryId=10&ProductId=1254

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