Category:
Headgear

Hat Guard

Back in the day when the theft of hats from hatracks was an ongoing problem, Frank P. Snow of Los Angeles patented this invention designed to inflict pain on any would-be hat thieves.

A thief could take the hat, but if he tried to put it on, a "guarding prong" would jab into his skull. The prong locked in place and could only be moved if you knew the code to the combination lock.

Official Gazette of the United States Patent Office - June 2, 1914

Posted By: Alex - Thu Jun 14, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Inventions, Headgear, 1910s

Kitchen Hats

Posted By: Paul - Thu May 10, 2018 - Comments (1)
Category: Headgear, 1950s

Peekaboo Mask and Triffids

Continuing with the theme of odd masks...

London designer Hugh Skillen created this unusual "peekaboo" mask in 1952.

He later went on to design the man-eating plants in the 1963 horror movie The Day of the Triffids.

Newsweek - Jan 5, 1953



Janette Scott being attacked by a triffid — via IMDb.com





Update: I tried to track down more info about Hugh Skillen and have concluded there's some confusion about his biography. Seems there were two Hugh Skillens who both lived in London at around the same time.

There was a Hugh Skillen who was a military officer who helped to develop the Enigma machine at Bletchley Park during World War II, and then later worked as a schoolmaster at Harrow County School for Boys. More info about him here.

And then there was the Hugh Skillen who was a costumier, designing costumes for theater productions in London and occasionally working on movies such as The Day of the Triffids.

I don't think these two Hugh Skillens were the same, but IMDb lists the birth/death of the costumier as being the same as the military officer: Aug 22, 1915 to Jan 4, 2004. I'm betting the info is only correct for the military officer.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Mar 17, 2018 - Comments (0)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, Special Effects, 1950s

Freckle-Proof Sun Mask

Another addition to our collection of weird masks.

Note that this sun mask came with a "breather" tube.

Phildelphia Inquirer - Jan 21, 1940



Pittsburgh Press - Feb 25, 1940



Cassville Republican - Jan 18, 1940

Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 16, 2018 - Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1940s

Mystery Man Mask

Ads for this "Mystery Man Mask" ran in various monster-themed magazines, such as Spacemen, during the early 1960s.

It made me think of some of the other creepy masks we've posted about in the past. (see below)

via The Blood-Curdling Blog of Monster Masks



Other masks previously featured on WU:

Ski masks for chilly cheeks



Styling on the slopes



Identity-preserving balaclava

Posted By: Alex - Thu Mar 15, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1960s

Heidi Lee’s Hats





Posted By: Paul - Wed Jan 10, 2018 - Comments (2)
Category: Art, Avant Garde, Surrealism, Eccentrics, Headgear

Vitamin Hats

Hats adorned with "a tasty array of carrots, artichokes, peaches, peppers, asparagus, broccoli, figs and many other delicacies adored by vegetarians."

Lancaster Eagle Gazette - May 25, 1953



Posted By: Alex - Sun Nov 26, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Fashion, Headgear, 1950s

The Bubble Hat



More pix and info here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 09, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Eccentrics, Toys, Headgear, 1950s

Wraparound Headphones

The Jecklin Float electrostatic headphones. They were non-adjustable. So they either fit, or they didn't. But apparently the sound quality was pretty good.

Popular Mechanics - Dec 1973



via Stereophile.com

Posted By: Alex - Tue Sep 12, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Headgear, 1970s

Instant Establishment Wig

Created in 1969 by Bob Woodford, for when longhairs temporarily needed to blend in with the collective, corporate establishment.

But I think those sideburns are still a giveaway.

Binghamtom Press and Sun Bulletin - Aug 25, 1969





Posted By: Alex - Mon Aug 28, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Headgear, 1960s, Hair and Hairstyling

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