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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    Elliott, welcome to Mi Yodeya and thank you for bringing your question here. Please consider registering your account, which will give you access to more of the site's features. Jul 19, 2012 at 3:17
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    It seems almost like one of those cool hats that Chazzanim are wearing in pictures of yesteryear, don't you think? Jul 19, 2012 at 3:28
  • It is the type of Yarmulkah that Chassidishe Rabbonim wore in that era Jul 19, 2012 at 3:46
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    Where can one get such a yarmulke?
    – user9446
    May 13, 2015 at 14:24
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    Isn't that the classic käppchen that most Yidden wore before the war? May 13, 2015 at 14:47

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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.


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


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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