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Object Name Uniform
Alternate Name Cap
Date mid 20th century
Description Man's uniform cap of the Staten Island Rapid Transit. Made of black cotton faille. Short cylindrical crown with flared flat top. Yellow braid band around crown. Black vinyl visor with blue cording above; cording is fastened to crown with 2 brass buttons embossed "SIRT." Black and silver metal shield attached to front of crown, with inscription: "S.I.R.T. / 434 / TRAINMAN." Brown leather headband. Printed mark inside crown: "HUGHES & THOMAS / Custom Tailors / 53 EAST 19th ST. / NEW YORK 3, NY."
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Twentieth Century, Occupational Clothing, Hat)
Acquisition Gift of the Estate of Anna M. Lawson
Ownership and History Worn by Denyse B. Lawson (1902-1982), a trainman and conductor for the Staten Island Rapid Transit for more than 40 years. He worked for the railroad when it was a passenger service operated by the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. During World War II he worked as a civilian trainman, transporting prisoners of war and injured U.S. soldiers to Staten Island facilities. He retired from the railroad in 1962.

The rail service is today known as the Staten Island Railway, operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA).
Earliest Date 1940
Latest Date 1962
Subjects Railroad employees
Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People Lawson, Denyse B.
Catalog Number 95.041.0003
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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