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AUGUST, 2020

 In order to continue to be available for fittings and Custom Orders, an outdoor shop will be set up once or twice  a month on weekends at BUSSEY'S. (WILL NOT BE SET UP AT ALL THIS MONTH DUE TO VIRUS 19 EPIDEMIC) ALL ORDERS WILL BE TAKEN OFF THE WEB SITE, OR CALL DIRECT.







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......, did you know that in the 1700's in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea!!!!



There are STILL honest people in the world.........,Many thanks goes out to Gordon Larson from Nerstrand, Minnesota. I received a call from Mr Larson yesterday (October 12, 2011) that he had found a Stetson Hat on the road by the New Market, Minnestota Rest Stop. This was a little 4X Beaver hat I had worked on July 10, 2010 for Richard Derryberry from the San Antonio, Texas area. My LONGHORN HATTERS card was still in the sweat band. He gave me the contact phone number I had written on the card, and I got hold of MR. Derryberry on his cell. They were visiting in Minnesota, and he was enroute back to Texas. He has made contact with MR. Larson, and has renewed his friendship with his Hat. Thanks, Gordon Larson......, John B. would be proud!! MR. Larson has received a LONGHORN HATTERS HONORARY TEXAN CERTIFICATE for his good deed!! Happy Trails....., Don Livingston - LONGHORN HATTERS


 For convenience purposes, my Custom Hat Shop will only be open on the grounds of Bussey's ONE SUNDAY of the month. CHECK ABOVE FOR SCHEDULING

BUSSEY'S - Billed as San Antonio's Largest Flea Market, with over 500 vendors selling everything from tables with three legs to my custom hats.

Located on l-35. Take exit 177, look for the giant Armadillo.

Click for Large Map



Finally, a Texas Document has been developed for the Texas Sister.... "THE HONORARY YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS CERTIFICATE. Unlike the original, there are certain rules and regulations that needed to be mentioned. This Certificate does it all. For inquiries, contact: don@longhornhatters.com.
A copy will be posted soon.

"In the event the Texas Sister that holds this Document is caught defacing the name of The State of Texas, "Lady Bird " Johnson, Emily West Morgan, Dale Evans, Ann Richards, or any of its natural shrines, all honorary accolades associated with being named an Honorary Texas Yellow Rose will be dropped as fast as it would take The Daughters of the Texas Republic NOT to sell the Alamo to Ozzy Osborne......"





Introducing the new "LITTLE WRANGLER" for Don Livingston's LONGHORN HATTERS,....., "LITTLE WRANGLER", EZRA YATES (my Grandson) from Honolulu, Hawaii wearing his Custom made "LITTLE WRANGLER" Palm Leaf Hat, made ESPECIALLY for him. In Hawaii, he would be called "KEIKI PANIOLO" translating to "CHILD COWBOY" in English.

"THE LITTLE WRANGLER " SAYS......"I'm sure you can think of places to wear your Palm Leaf Hat like me. Remember, the Itsy Bitsy Spider is your friend!!"

Happy Trails, Buckeroos,....., EZRA, "THE LITTLE WRANGLER"



Other "LITTLE WRANGLER" items are available such as THE HONORARY LITTLE WRANGLER CERTIFICATE, ($15.00) "LITTLE WRANGLER" TALL TALE, "LITTLE WRANGLER" Boot Picture Frame, "LITTLE WRANGLER" Vest, and other "LITTLE WRANGLER" Gift Items. CONTACT: Don Livingston at: don@longhornhatters.com




To pay tribute to the ICONIC PERFORMER, the late DON WILLIAMS, who passed away November 8, 2017, LONGHORN HATTERS has proclaimed "THE DON WILLIAMS" hat as "HAT OF THE YEAR".

 "THE DON WILLIAMS " hat is located on the HAT I PAGE of the Web Site. It is one of themost identifiable styles of all hats worn by a person.



                                     LONGHORN HATTERS  CRAFTSMAN OF THE DECADE, 2010 - 2020


Michael was the designer of many replicas of "THE RIFLEMAN" Rifle. This was the gun that Chuck Conners used in the television Series, "THE RIFLEMAN". Michael suddenly passed away in December 3, 2015.

 I was honored to have him wear "THE RIFLEMAN" HAT featured on the LONGHORN HATTERS Web Site, and in honor of his memory, "THE RIFLEMAN" HAT again is being designated as 2016 "HAT OF THE YEAR".

 A NEW "RIFLEMAN" was being designed in PURE BEAVER FUR FELT when word was received of Michael's passing.. It was presented to his Son, David DiMuzio in 2015.

May your head continue to be forever blessed, Michael DiMuzio.




IS ON SALE (Click Here)..$15.00 (INCLUDES SHIPPING ) .




BUY ONE AT: www.texasmusic.org,  OR www.cdbaby.com





 Available now, Custom Designed Guatemalan Palm Leafs with 3, 3 1/2, 4, 5, 6, and 8 inch brims 6 & 8 inch brims slightly higher in price


Check out Dr. Cletus Shepard's section on the site for interesting poems and tidbits of information.  There's a new one about Hubbard, TX.

Custom orders are always welcomed at LONGHORN HATTERS


The hat represents authority and power


The homburg is a felt hat with a curved brim, a dent that runs from front to back, and a grosgrain ribbon that forms a band. It was popularized in Britain by Prince Edward VII, who first discovered it on a visit to Bad Homburg in Germany in the 1880s. The favorite hat of Winston Churchill.....in 1991 one of his favorites (containing his initials embossed within in gold) sold at auction for $11,750.


In the day,the tall, black, conical hat and the ugly crone of the Witch's hat became readily identifiable symbols of wickedness, to be feared by children.


In 1920s there was an odd custom in America that it was common that if people wore straw hats after the 15 September they were beaten up.


GUATMALAN PALM LEAF fabric blocks 98% of the sun's harmful UV Rays. This means that, where it is protected by the fabric, the fabric will reduce your skin's exposure to ultraviolet radiation by twenty times.


In United States films of the Western genre between the 1920s and the 1940s, white hats were often worn by heroes and black hats by villains to symbolize the contrast in good versus evil.


The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957....., The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic(human like) cat, who wears a red and white-striped hat and a red bow tie.


Removal of a hat upon entry into a building shows respect regardless WHAT ANYONE SAYS TO THE CONTRARY!!!


More about PANAMA hats......, THEY are made by weaving the leaves of the Panama hat plant, also known as the toquilla palm. The rarest and best quality panama hats (THE MONTY CRISTO)have a staggering 3,000 weaves per square inch and are handmade with fingers alone, not looms. A top quality panama can hold water and pass through a wedding ring when rolled up!


The largest hat in the world was THE SORCERER'S HAT that had been featured at Hollywood's Disney Studios for   thirteen years. It was removed in 2015 ......, sad!!!

 The Head Measurement of this hat if it were wearable, would be a size 605 7/8, and hold 444,744 gallons of water.


Coonskin caps were originally worn by Native Americans, but were appropriated by 18th century frontiersmen as hunting caps. Davy Crockett, who is frequently depicted wearing a coonskin cap, seems to have had an authentic connection to them.


After The Second World War, people who dared to walk hatless through the hat-making towns of Denton and Stockport risked being abused by local factory workers who saw their livelihoods disappearing.


DEFINITION OF A HAT...., A hat is a head covering which is worn for various reasons, including protection against weather conditions, ceremonial reasons such as university graduation, religious reasons, safety, or as a fashion accessory....


Popular Science, much like Popular Mechanics, took on top hats as an item of interest. In a July 1930 issue, one writer mused about the storage potential of hats if a pocket was inserted into them. Women’s hats could store everything from a powder puff to a needle and thread, and for men, “quite a lot could be easily hidden away in a silk top hat.”..., FOR INSTANCE..., A REVOLVER!!!!


Frank Sinatra once declared that all hats should be cocked. 'Angles' he said, 'are attitudes.' And he refused to wear his hat any other way.


A BEANIE IS ALSO CALLED a stocking cap, knit cap and skully. It is a good choice during winter to keep you warm.


The concept of a broad-brimmed hat with a high crown worn by a rider on horseback can be seen as far back as the Mongolian horsemen of the 13th century. A tall crown provided insulation, the wide brim, shade. Hot, sunny climates inspire designs with very wide brims such as the sombrero of Mexico.


The early Texas Rangers adopted The "BOSS OF THE PLAINS" hat created by John Batterson Stetson and found that it could be used to drink from, to fan a campfire, to blindfold a stubborn horse, to slap a steer, to smother grass fires and to serve as a target in gunfights. It could also be brushed for dress wear.


The British Electors WILL NOT vote for a man that does not wear a hat!!


Top hats gave rise to the phrase “high hat,” used to refer to someone who is snobby or too good for something (like the kind of aristocrat that wore a top hat in the trend’s early years).


The phrase ‘at the drop of a hat’ originates in the 19th century. During that time it was common to signal the beginning of a fight or race by either dropping a hat or sweeping it in a rapid downward motion......, SO....., when you use the expression ‘At the Drop of a Hat’ you mean that something is happening instantly, without any delay!!


The greatest underdeveloped territory in the world lies under your hat!!!


In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather. Bad idea.


The hat is the ultimum moriens of respectability. From: The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. viii.

..Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809–1894)


In the 1700s in Paris, women wore hats with lightning rods attached when venturing outdoors during bad weather......., Bad idea!!!!


The glengarry is a traditional cap coming from Scotland. It is made out of wool. On top of the crown there is a pom-pom, called a "toorie". Often a glengarry is decorated by a rosette cockade, a circular symbol in different colours worn on a hat. At the back of the hat there are ribbons hanging down.


Headgear is NOT just another word for everything that you can put on a head, under a head, behind a head and in a head for whatever reason....., it's ALL OF THE ABOVE!!!!


New employees at Google are given a propeller beanie cap to wear on their first Friday.


Civilization has been wearing hats for the last 15,000 years


OLD HAT........., This once meant something rather different from its current usage of “out of date”. Grose’s Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1796) defines “old hat” as “a woman’s privates, because frequently felt”. Hat felt was made from beaver or rabbit fur that had been ground, squeezed and heated..., BELIVE IT, OR NOT!!!!


Those who supply men’s hats are called hatters while those who supply women’s hats are called milliners.


Wearing a hat does NOT cause baldness!!!


The cloche was a tight, snugly fitting women's hat that was usually worn pulled down at the front to just above the wearer's eyebrows. It acted as a pretty frame for the face and perfectly suited the short and modern hairstyle for women of the time. Introduced into the world of fashion for the 1920s flapper.


In the world of Christmas Hats, there isn’t a single one in the world that’s as popular as the one worn by Santa Claus. It is the standard against which each and every Christmas Hat in the world is considered.


Colors of hard hats can have meaning and are used to distinguish roles on the construction sites and for safety. White hard hats wear supervisors or engineers, blue - technical advisers. Safety inspectors wear green hard hats. Yellow hard hats wear laborers while orange or pink is reserved for new workers or visitors.


The Fedora was named after the Princess Fedora Romanoff from the play Fédora by the French author Victorien Sardou.


The most often quoted inquiry in Texas is.............., "where'd you get that hat?"


For a woman in the Victorian era, dressing up had to include a hat lest you’re taken to be of low class. This is because hats were thought to be a representation of a good family background and a show of high status. Women and men alike would put on hats to look smart. WHAT HAPPENED???


In the middle of the 19TH CENTURY Umpires wore Top Hats during the game


Vikings never wore horned helmets!!!!


In the 1920's, there was an odd custom in America that it was common that if people wore straw hats after the 15th of September they were beaten up!!!


The Fedora was first a woman's hat, then men's....., now both wear them.


The Encyclopedia defines a HAT as a head covering. It can be worn for protection against the elements, for ceremonial reasons, religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory.


Did you know that "THE HAT"  is a Southern Ca. fast food restaurant founded in Alhambra, CA. specializing in Pastrami Dip Sandwiches?


The difference between a BOWLER and a DERBY hat is:THE DERBY is made in AmericaTHE BOWLER is made in England.


Did you know that someone shot at Lincoln in 1864 and put a hole in his stovepipe hat before his assination on Good Friday in 1865?


The new Sorcerer Mickey Hat at Disney's Hollywood Studios  is so large, the Head Measurements if it were wearable, would be a size 605 7/8. Mickey would have to be 350 feet tall if he were to wear this giant hat that  stands 100 feet tall.


It is said that when John Hetherington wore one of the first top hats in 1797 in the streets, he was arrested for scaring the people. He ended up in court and paid 50 pounds sterling.


The Derby was mostly associated with urban society in the 1920's.


 According to Stan Laurel, half of the comedy team, Laurel and Hardy, the motive behind their wearing Derbies was simple. The Boys perceived their characters essentially as “rubes;” dumb working class stiffs trying to get ahead and dressed for success—but looking twenty years behind the times.


Tall white Chef's hats traditionally have 100 pleats to represent hundreds of ways an egg can be prepared.


You lose 20% of your body heat from your head...mainly from the forehead as it has no insulation.


Elisabeth I had a law according to which every person older than 7 years old had to wear a cap on Sundays and Holy Days!!!


A hat worn by the Military is called "a cover".


Dr Seuss' (creator of "Cat in the Hat") real name is Theodore Seuss Geisel!!!


It has been said........, the higher the Crown of a hat, the closer to God you are!!!!


Wearing a hat might not be considered the most important part of an outfit today, but wearing a hat will be with us for many days, months, and years to come.


In the middle of the 19th Century, baseball umpires wore top hats during the game


When soft Panama hats came on the scene, it was hard to tip the hat from the brim as would be done with a stiff hat. Instead, the hat was held by the crown. In time, the pinch Fedora was born!!


The Panama hat was actually woven as early as the 17th Century. Early on, the hat doubled as a hat for sun protection, and because of its straw(toquilla) and tight weave, also served as a bucket to transport water.


Cock your hat - angles are attitudes - Frank Sinatra


In the 1980's, Princess Diana was the Ambassador for hats and fashion!!


The hat style called THE PILLBOX was made popular by JFK's wife, Jaqueline Kennedy.


The price tag that hung from Country Western Icon, Minnie Pearl's hat was $1.98.


 FACT......, the hat that Harrison Ford wore playing the character, Indiana Jones, is the single most recognizable hat in film history!!


 There are 121 million Baseball Caps as opposed to 17 million cowboy hats sold in the United States each year. 


The classic "Brooklyn Cap", ie. Baseball Cap with its large brim or "bill" was first worn in 1860 by The Brooklyn Excelsiors, an amateur baseball team........, and eventually, other teams followed suit!!


Fred Astaire wore Top Hats in 12 of his films(notably in the film Top Hat in 1935) and he always wore the hats at an angle on the side of his head!!!


The first hat John B. Stetson made was sold to a mule driver for a $5 gold piece right off his head......, and the rest is history!!!


1814 is the first recording of a white rabbit being pulled out of a top hat by a French Magician named, Louis Comte.


One of Charlie Chaplin's (the Little Tramp of Hollywood's Silent Film Era of Comedy) Bowler Hats and cane were auctioned off for $62,000 at the Auction House, Bonhams, of New York City!!


The earliest record of hat wearing comes from a cave at Lussac-les-Chateaux in Central France. The rock drawings there are 15,000 years old, and we've been putting  hats on our heads ever since!!


The Fedora Harrison Ford wore playing the character, Indiana Jones is most recognizable hat in film history!!


Students of the medieval theologian John Duns Scotus (1265 - 1308) were the first to wear Dunce's Caps. The idea was the "cap" would funnel God's wisdom into the head.


Lady's Day at the Royal Ascot horse race in the early  18th century was a yearly event not only for horse racing, but also for women to flaunt their hats!!!


Babe Ruth' s 1934 Yankee Cap , sold for a record $537,278 at an auction on May 1, 2012. It was originally bought by the seller for $30,000!!


Audrey Hepburn wore a mushroom hat known as a Tiffany in Italy. She worn it during the film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's".


In 1954, it became the iconic "59Fifty" cap worn by official baseball teams (and beloved of rednecks, hip hop stars and rioters). All authentic 59Fiftys come from a single family - owned company - New Era in Buffalo, NY.


London's iconic Black Taxie Cabs have to be tall enough to accommodate a gentleman wearing a top hat...., EVEN today!!


The average head size today is 7 1/8 to 7 1/4. 19th and early 20th century, head sizes were 6 5/8 or even smaller; hense larger hats were at a premium.


Top 10 hats to wear from 1 (most popular) to 10 (least popular): Baseball Cap, Cowboy Hat, Fedora, Top Hat, Sombrero, Beret, Gatsby(Newsboys Cap), Bowler, Boater, (or Skimmer), and the Fez!! What do YOU wear?


As the proud owner of a hat, you can: fan a fire, water your horse, gather berries (best done before watering your horse), admire your silhouette on the ground when horseback riding, feel taller and stronger, AND with the right shaped hat......, be rather unique!!


In Wyoming, it is illigal to wear a hat that obstructs people's view in a public theater, or a place of amusement.


The Cowboy Hat John Wayne wore in the Westerns, "Big Jake", "The Cowboys", and "The Train Robbers", sold for $119,500...., BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!!


John Wayne's Green Wool Beret worn in his film, "The Green Berets", recently sold for....$179,250!!!


Seattle, WA is the home of the World's largest Cowboy Hat on display


If you get caught in the rain and your hat gets wet, let it dry out slowly!! - Texas Bix Bender


National Hat Day is held each year on January 15th!!


The hat that John Wayne wore in the last film he made, "THE SHOOTIST", is worth approximately $10,000!!


If you are a woman, NEVER wear a hat on the back of your head. Tilt it, pull it down, or wear it straight!!


If a Cowboy's wearing his hat so low, it covers his eyes......, LOOK OUT!!....., HE'S on the prowl, BUT still MARRIED!!!


One of Oregon's most unusual historic homes has been transformed into Portland's quirkiest attraction......, The Ladd-Reingold House (THE HAT MUSEUM) has a 100 year old legacy of Milliners and Hat Fanciers! Their comment about this FANTASTIC establishment  is: "We've been bonkers for hats even longer than you have".                      


BELIEVE IT OR NOT!!! In Fargo, North Dakota, a city law states that one may be jailed for wearing a hat while dancing, or even for wearing a hat to a function where dancing is taking place. What about the Cowboys???


"Without Hats, we would have NO Civilization" - Christian Dior


According to the legend The Panama Hat obtained its name when Teddy Roosevelt participated in the inauguration of the Panama Canal (1913). During the event he received an Ecuadorian straw hat as a gift, and without knowing the true origin, he thanked his guests for the gift mentioning it as a "Panama Hat".

Wearing a hat DOES NOT cause baldness, OR a receding hair line…., THAT is caused by genetics!!

Babe Ruth wore a cabbage leaf under his cap to keep him cool. He changed it every 2 innings.

To "throw your hat in the ring" is an Americanism dating back to the early 19th century meaning to enter a contest, especially to declare your candidacy for political office. The "ring" in question was originally a boxing ring or ot her venue set up for fighting. Evidently it was the custom on the American frontier for a pugilist to literally throw his hat into the ring as a way of announcing that he was prepared to take on anyone in the crowd. The first use of the phrase in a political context was probably in 1912, when Theodore Roosevelt announced his intention to challenge William Howard Taft for the U.S. presidency: "My hat's in the ring." .

The first person to wear a top hat in public was James Hetherington. Such a large crowd gathered around him that some people fainted in the rush and one person was injured. The police arrested Hetherington and fined him £ 50 for disturbing the peace.

Men never tipped their hats to other men in the Old West. It was like calling them a woman. A common greeting when not shaking hands, was a simple nod. A tip of your hat would have resulted in either a gunfight at “High Noon”, or an invitation to leave town,...QUICK!!!
In a New York City auction given by GUERNSEY‘S, starting bid for The Wicked Witch of the West’s hat worn by Margret Hamilton in “THE WIZARD OF OZ” (1939, MGM) was $30,000. After numerous bids, it eventually sold for the unbelievable price of $170,000!!!!!
A Beret, popular in many countries today, was actually worn in Mesopotamia thousands of years ago.
In Ancient Rome, the wealthy wore hats only for hunting and travel.
A leather hat is a good hat to be worn by a man that drives a jeep.
In the Edwardian age, it did not matter if you were poor or rich, old or a child;whatever the status of a person, wore a hat. Only beggars went bareheaded. Even militant suffragettes did not campaign without a hat. The hat would be fairly functional in style and form, but a hat was still worn.
If a Cowboy wears his hat tilted to the left, he's more than likely drunk.
The Fedora, a soft felt brimmed hat, comes from the Austrian Tyrol, and was named after the play, FEDORA by the French playwright Victorien Sardou, which was on stage in Paris in 1882.
The Gatsby is a soft brimmed hat (cap) popular in New York after the turn of the century made from eight quarter panels. The style, very similar to a beret, was popular in Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries among both boys and adult men. As the name suggests, it is now associated with newspaper boys, and it is sometimes associated with wealthy golfers as well. This was the chosen cap to wear for the movie called "The Sting", staring Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
The original "cowboy hat," manufactured by John Batterson Stetson, and called the "Boss of the Plains," was a light-weight, high-crowned, wide-brimmed, waterproof, fur-felt hat. It had a rounded six inch crown with a flat seven inch brim. A plain hatband was fitted to adjust head size.
Greta Garbo wore a soft felt hat in several of her movies thus giving this style of hat its name...The Garbo Slouch Hat.
Abraham Lincoln's hat is on display at The Smithsonian Institute. His hat size was 7 1/8.
The Mexican Sombrero, usually made of felt or straw, owes its name to the Spanish word Sombra, "shade," for reasons obvious to anyone who's been south of the border.
The Audubon Society was founded in order to protect the bird population from Edwardian millinery trends, sometimes whole birds were put on the hats.
Traditional Cowboys never cleaned their Cowboy Hat - other than a simple slap with their hand, or against their leg as they picked themselves up. A rinsing was something rain or snow provided, or the hat got a bath when it's owner did.
In 1814, Louis Conte, a court entertainer in France, became the first person to pull a rabbit out of a hat.
The original Indiana Jones' hat lives at George Lucas' 5,156-acre Skywalker Ranch in Marin County California. It is priceless.
The Hat Act of 1732 - In the early 1700s, hat making had begun to thrive in America. Britain responded with the HAT ACT of 1732, which forbade the export of beaver felt hats made in the colonies. Britain forced Americans to buy British-made goods and pay heavy taxes on them.
The baseball cap is America's most significant contribution to the world of the modern hat. Originally vizorless, the current version first gained widespread popularity when it was worn by Babe Ruth.
The Anchorage Daily News ran a story on Kasilof  Bar's Cap collection at the Tustumena Lodge, Kasilof, Alaska making the Guinness Book of World Records. 22,014 and growing. They are presently closed. Faded off into Sunset of "The Land of the Midnight Sun"!!!
One hat that is DISTINCTLY AMERICAN is the broad brimmed Ten Gallon hat of the Southwest.
The more :"X's" in a hat, the more Beaver. The more beaver, the better the hat. If you're purchasing a 20X Beaver, be prepared to spend upwards of $400.00!! Can you figure what a 100X Beaver would cost? ARE YOU SITTING DOWN? ANS: CLOSE TO $2000.00!!!!!
In an attempt to Westernize Turkey in 1920, The Fez was abolished. Those who insisted on wearing the hat, changed their minds very quickly, after a few of the other lasting Fez wearers were executed by hanging.
It is said that the higher the crown, and the bigger the roll on a man's hat, the more cattle he has.
An "OLD" Rancher from Seguin, Texas wearing a 100x Beaver Silver Belly at a show I was doing, said "Son, if you wear a straw hat after Labor Day, you're considered a Farmer". When I was told this, it was in October- dusty and hot. There were a lot of Farmers walking around there ....including myself!!................, so..........., " If you don't want to wear a Felt in the winter, wear a straw, if you don't like to wear a straw in the summer, wear a felt. It makes no difference what you wear as long as it makes your head feel good.....do it!!"
The more Beaver in a hat, the lighter it is.
In the 16th century, hat styles changed so quickly that a frustrated King Charles ll of England declared no further changes to hat fashion would be permitted at his court.
Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, Calamity Jane, and Wild Bill Hickock all wore Stetsons.
The basic function of a hatband is to tighten the crown of a hat.
The safest place for your hat is on your head.
The decoration for a hatband is always displayed on the left side of the hat as word goes, because the Knights in the Middle Ages wore his lady's feather on the left side of the hat to show his affection.....and it stuck!!
If you're thinking about buying a ten gallon hat in Kentucky, you might be advised that a law still on the books in that state forbids a man to buy a hat without his wife along to assist in the selection. (Believe it, or not!)
Ninth-century Frankish ruler Charlemagne, owned some 500 berets!
The oldest hat in the world may well be the familier "chef's" hat, which was worn in ancient Assyria as a badge of office in the kitchen.
Italy gave us the word Millinery, which now refers to the women's hat industry.
The first head gear worn by primative man was a simple band worn around the head to keep hair from falling in front of the eyes.
The first hat factory in the United States opened in Connecticut late in the 18th century produced crude fur caps.
In the 14th century, the Beaver hat first appeared in Flanders, and spread around Europe, and at the time womens hats took on fantastic shapes.
The three cornered hat, or the "tricorn", was the universal mens hat in Europe for most of the 18th century!
"Hold on to your hat" is an expression that originated in Scotland in the 18th century. Scottish soldiers were advised to keep their hats on in battle so they would recognize one another
The smallest hat worn by men in the 18th century was a tiny tricorn worn on top of a wig. It measured just two inches by four inches!
The phrase "A Feather in your Cap" comes from the 17th Century, and may be related to the custom of sticking feathers in a soldier's cap to indicate the numbers of enemy slain.
Hats became a part of high fashion in the 14th century. Men at that time wore hats shaped like the fez, or a brimmed hat remarkably similar to the top hat.
The older a hat is, the lighter it is.
The most expensive hat in the world was a hat worn by Napoleon, which recently sold at an auction for $30,000.
The Straw hat was first produced in America in 1798 by a 12-year-old girl in Rhode Island.
The Panama hat, made from the Jijippa plant, has never been made in Panama. It's made in Ecuador.
The most common hat in the world today is the so called "coolies hat" of China which is worn by one-third of the people on earth!!
A ten gallon hat only holds three quarts of water!!


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