Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Project Cubbins: Hat 388 - Madeline Edition

Day 388 / Hat 388: Yellow felt hat with rounded crown and oval-shaped upturned brim that ranges in width from 2 inches (in the back) to 4 1/2 inches (in the front). 

Details included black grosgrain hatband with bow in back and hatpin through the bow that reads: "Los Angeles Times Festival of Books." and white elasticized sweatband. Interior label reads Louise Green, made in USA."

One attached hangtag reads: "Louise Green Millinery Co." and the second reads: "Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California, April 30 - May 1, 2011," and is accompanied by an illustration of author/illustrator Ludwig Bemelmans' beloved Madeline character.

While anyone whose read a Madeline book (there are six in all, the first one was published in 1939) can tell you, her hair is actually more orange-red but my only wig choices in the cube farm this morning were blonde or brunette and this one clashes less with the hat. And you're just gonna have to trust me on that.

Graciously loaned to the Project by the kind folks upstairs in the Communications Department (since they're on the fifth floor I refer to them as "CommsDept5" because it sounds all military-jargon cool). It appears to usually reside in Nancy Sullivan's office and she tells me that the hat was created as part of the promotional push for the 2011 LAT FOB which used the character in the key art.

Little known fact: Madeline and I actually have something in common (besides being fictional characters) -- we've both had appendectomies.

The hat-tip to Sully, with the assist to Hilary Manning who first floated the Madeline lid idea to me in the elevator yesterday morning.

And that's all there is -- there isn't any more.

PC 188: Yule Yarmulke
PC 88: Laissez les bon temps roulez
A Year Ago Today in Project Cubbins
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.

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