Sunday, March 16, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 294 - The Grinning Gambler Edition

Day 294 / Hat 294: Woven hat with leather (or leather-like) hatband detail. Interior tags read: "Dorfman Pacific Co., DPC Authentic, Handmade headwear since 1921," and "Natural Fiber, X-Large," (the last tag repeats the information in French and Spanish.) Hangtag reads: "DPC Global Trends" and lists style number as 383/938.

Although the style name isn't given anywhere on the hat, typing it into the interwebs reveals it to be called the "Rush Gambler Straw Hat."

What's a "gambler" hat you might ask? I didn't know either - at first. Here's the definition from hat-centric website

"The Gambler is a traditional western dress hat. The crown of a Gambler resembles a round pork pie crown, but the brim is wider than most dress hats but smaller than most cowboy hats and the edge is curled up in a tight 'pencil' curl. The Gambler may be most widely recognized as the hat worn by Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind. It’s smaller brim and lower crown make it ideal for those who look out of place in wide brimmed Cowboy hats. It also looks great on women."

This marks the last (at least for now) of the loaner lids from the folks at The Headwear Association. The last box included one more hat -- a wide-brimmed straw number very, very similar to PC 142. Even though the brand label inside said the one from the THA had the name  "Magid," and the earlier one indicated no brand affiliation at all, as I close in on 300, the last thing I want is to disqualify myself by unintentionally duplicating a hat.

Because, in the immortal words of Kenny Rogers,to be a good gambler "[y]ou got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em."

Now, anyone takin' bets old Double Down here isn't going to hit 500?

PC 293: Outback in the Front Seat
PC 292: Rando Ribbon
PC 291: Going Clearwater

Q: 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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