Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 331 - 'Do You Feel Lucky (Steam) Punk?' Edition

Day 331 / Hat 331: Hand-stained leather top hat with shapeable wire brim. Details include metal hatbaond chain with gear (visible on front) and tiny key (in the back) and removable interior cloth sweatband. One interior tags read: "Steampunk Hatter, Curio." A second tag reads: "California handmade" on obverse and: "7 1/8 - 7 1/4, 57 - 58 cm., change sweatband to adjust size for your perfect fit."

Curio is the hat style name, by the way, and apparently that's a clock gear in the front. (Some of the hats are seriously fantastical -- like the monster-festooned Kraken and a hat full of copper plumbing and guages called the Pipefitter.)

As this was one of the hats in the new batch of loaner lids from The Headwear Association, it still has the hangtags attached. One covers the topic of adjusting the size (there are three sweatband/size reducers available, the second is the logo and website address of American Made Matters (which I mistook, at first, as American Made Hatters") and the third gets to the heart of this hat hat. It reads:

"Fashion From Yesterday's Future: Victoria grace clashes with western villainy in the retro future world of the Steampunk Hatter. Whether you're an elegant, intriguing lady, a gentleman with a whimsical streak, or a denizen of the nefarious underground, our toppers will set you apart from the riff-raff. -- Head'n Home Handmade Hats"

"A gentleman with a whimsical streak"? As Garfield the cat might say: "I resemble that remark." Atr least the whimsical part.

A hat-tip to the Steampunk Hatters -- and an assist to the continuously helpful PR folks working with THA.

PC 330: Monster High
PC 329: Ears to You
PC 328: Pink and Pint-Sized

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 celebrated 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

(You can e-mail me at: adam at adamtschorn.com)

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