Airplane Hat

Created by Gilbert Myers of Boise, Idaho. He was evidently worried that someone might steal his idea because, in 1929, he patented it. From the patent:

an important object of this invention is to provide a novelty hat in the form of a simulated air plane intended to be worn during festivals, parades, dances, expositions lawn parties and the like especially when aviation is the subject of the celebration...

Use of a number of novelty hats constructed as herein disclosed has demonstrated that the hat enjoys the favor of adults as well as children and may be applied to heads of various sizes in a highly convenient and expeditious manner and will remain firmly in place, all without exerting an objectionable pressure on the head.

The picture below shows the airplane hat being worn. (The accompanying article identified it as Myers's hat).

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Feb 2, 1930

These other photos, of actress Alice White, I'm not so sure about. It looks a lot like his hat. If it isn't, someone ignored his patent.

source: Flickr

Battle Creek Enquirer - Jan 14, 1930

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Feb 23, 2020
     Category: Patents | Air Travel and Airlines | Headgear | 1920s

I had one of these umbrella hats as a kid. My friends took exception whenever I wore it.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 02/23/20 at 12:47 PM
Forerunner of "The Flying Nun"!
Posted by KDP on 02/23/20 at 09:52 PM
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