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SOME HAT FACTS

"Pork Pie Hat" 
written by Charlie Mingus and sung by Joni Mitchell

"WHEN CHARLIE SPEAKS OF LESTER
YOU KNOW SOMEONE GREAT HAS GONE
THE SWEETEST SINGING MUSIC MAN
HAD A PORK PIE HAT ON
A BRIGHT STAR
IN A DARK AGE"

Saint Catherine of Alexandria is the patron saint of milliners in France (about 307 A.D.) She is celebrated on November 25.

THE TERM VANITIES WAS USED IN REFERRING
TO HATS IN 15TH CENTURY BRITAIN

Ecuador began producing the Panama Hat as early as 1630!
The hats were not exported until the early 1800's

THE HAT ACT
A British law was implemented in 1732 which restricted the manufacturing of hats in the colonies of America.  This was done to protect the fiber industry in England.

The Fedora, a soft felt brimmed hat, comes the the Austrian Tyrol and was named after a play FEDORA by the French playwright Victorien Sardou which was on stage in Paris in 1882. 
The Trilby originates in the Austrian Tyrol.  Is usually had a small feather trimming.  The name comes from the heroine of  du Maurier's novel "Trilby" published in 1894 in which the heroine of the stage version wore this hat.
Caterina de Medici has the Widow's Cap created for her as a mourning bonnet. 
The Earl of Derby, 19th century, made the style of the DERBY popular
Edward, Prince of Wales, borrowed a hat style worn by militiamen of Homburg, Germany and made it popular.
Lilly Dache was a French born milliner who came to work in New York and became the biggest name in hatmaking. during her time.  Died 1989
Audrey Hepburn wore a mushroom hat known as  a Tiffany in Italy.   She wore it during the film "Breakfast at Tiffany's"
Lady's Day at the Royal Ascot horse race in early 18th century was a yearly event not only for horse racing, but also place for women to flaunt their hats.
Greta Garbo wore a soft felt hats in several of her movies thus giving this style of hat her name... Garbo.  a slouch hat
In 1850, Queen Victoria made the Aberdeenshire, Scotland castle of Balmoral her summer home.  The Queen dressed the prince in this highland costume and created a fashion of tartan pride.
Luca dell Robbia's 15th century rendition of the Christ Child influenced the name of the 1930's style Bandino Hat.
Hamm and Ex were two identical puppies, who appeared in a handful of cartoons made in 1935-6. I haven't got a hat (Freleng, 1935) is probably their most memorable in which they sing the title song.

The Anchorage Daily News recently ran a story on Kasilof Bar's Cap
collection making the Guinness World Records. 22,014 and growing!
They are in Tustumena Lodge, Kasilof, Alaska.

Did you know that in 1631, Governor William Bradford,
Isaac Winslow and Miles Standish sent over 6000 beaver
pelts weighing over 12,000 pounds, back to England?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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