Originally Posted by frahse
When I was in the military, there was a few places to carry a pen but not really a piece of paper in your uniform. Yes we had pockets, but many times no paper. Something would happen to it. What worked was to keep a piece or paper or a card rigged in your hat or helmet.
It's a pity that top hats have gone out of fashion. If you read 19th and early 20th century novels, as I do, you constantly read references to people carrying things in them. Businessmen carried documents in their top hat; doctors carried their stethoscope in theirs. Very useful things
. I suspect that's one reason that English doctors continued to wear frock coats and top hats until the mid years of the 20th century - long after they'd gone out of general fashion.