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cow boy hat

Bell-boy hat

A Bell-boy Hat or Bellboy Cap is a small round or oval brimless cap with crown about 2"-3" in height, resembling a squat can or drum. A Bell-boy hat usually featured a chinstrap and was trimmed to match the bellhop's uniform. It was often worn at a rakish angle and was popular in the late 1930s and 1940s for women, when it could be dressed up with veils, military trimmings or a snood (decorative hairnet). The chinstrap would then be worn to the back - under the skull - to help secure it to the head. It was based on a 19th C military drummer boy's cap.

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