Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Project Cubbins: Hat 164 - Pink and Piled High Edition

Day 164 / Hat 164: Tall, pink, fuzzy hat with two pink felt chinstraps. Courtesy of the Ingrid Schmidt collection of headwear oddities.

I wanted to call this a beefeater's hat or a a yeoman warder's hat but my cursory explorations indicate I'd be off the mark. The tall (usually black) fur hats we traditionally associate with English ceremonial flourish are traditionally worn by the British Foot Guards.

The Wikipedia entry on the Bearskin is fascinating, by the way, and I shan't bother rehashing it here except to note a theory as to how such a seemingly unworkable high hat came to be part of any military outfit whatsoever:

"The purpose appears to have been to add to the apparent height and impressive appearance of these troops both on the parade ground and the battlefield." notes the entry, citing  Preben Kannil's "Military Uniforms of the World."

As for the instant pink bearskin? I'm guessing it might be standard issue for the Exceedingly Fancy Foot Guards.

And yes, in case you're wondering, like the Stio a few days ago, I stuffed this one to the high heavens. The stuffing? A huge, red clown wig -- which makes things mighty meta for a Wednesday.
PC 163: Greaser is the Word
PC 162: Gettin' My Geisha On
PC 160: Stuffin' My Stio

OK, nice hat -- but what exactly is Project Cubbins, anyway?

A: One man's homage to Dr. Seuss and his second book, "The 500 Hats of Bartholemew Cubbins," which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of its publication in 2013, Project Cubbins is an attempt to document the wearing of a different hat or piece of headgear every day for 500 consecutive days. No do-aheads, no banking of hats, no retroactive entries. PC started on May 27, 2013 with Hat 1

Got hats? If you loan 'em, you'll get e'm back safe and sound!

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