“Anyplace I hang my hat is home.” (St. Louis Woman)
You may be surprised to know that wearing hats dates back nearly 30,000 years to the Paleolithic, or “Old Stone Age” sculpture of the Venus of Willendorf, whose figurine is believed to be sporting a woven hat (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hat). From ancient Egypt to modern England, hats traditionally represent social status, certain sporting events and fashion displays. They can be worn as protective coverings or artistic sculptures, and their fabrics are as unique as their creators.
Whether a flat cap, beanie, cloche, derby, fedora or straw hat, bust out your best and most unique headcover on January 15th and celebrate #NationalHatDay!
Fun hat facts:
– A milliner, or hatter, is a person who makes or sells women’s hats.
– Lewis Carroll never referred to the fictional character in his novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as the Mad Hatter. He only referred to him as the Hatter– or Hatta.
– In the middle 19th-century, baseball umpires wore top hats during the game.
– Removal of a hat upon entry into a public building is a sign of respect.
– White tall chef hats traditionally have 100 pleats to represent hundreds of ways an egg can be prepared.
– The Top Hat emoji, also known as the Wizard emoji, appeared in 2010 and generally refers to being elegant or gentlemanly. It can also mean “hats off to an incredible performance.”
Aimee Serafin, editor of the Augusta Family Magazine.