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Object Name Hat
Date 1961
Description Man's gray wool felt derby. Black grosgrain ribbon hatband; turned up brim, with brim edges bound. Leather headband is marked "PLANAR-MERINO 100% WOOL / MEDIUM."
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Bowler Hat, New York, HRT)
Acquisition Gift of Florence (Mrs. Vernon B.) Hampton
Ownership and History Worn by Dr. Vernon Boyce Hampton (1897-1985), a resident of New Brighton, Staten Island. Dr. Hampton received his doctoral degree from Columbia University and taught at several Staten Island high schools during his 38 year teaching career. He was also a prolific author of works on local history and education, including "Staten Island's Claim to Fame" (1925), "New Techniques in Social Science Teaching" (1936) and "Staten Island in Transition" (1970).

Dr. Hampton was active in numerous Staten Island civic and social organizations, including the Staten Island Historical Society, the Staten Island Teachers Association, and the Staten Island Rotary. He served as chairman of the Staten Island Tercentenary Commission, which chaired the events celebrating the 300th anniversary of the first permanent settlement on Staten Island. He wore this hat at the Staten Island Tercentennial pageant, "Unto These Shores," which was advertised as "Staten Island's Fabulous Spectacular" featuring a cast of 1,001. The pageant was presented September 16 through 23, 1961, at Miller Field in New Dorp.
Earliest Date 1961
Latest Date 1961
Subjects Clothing & dress
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Headwear
Associated People Hampton, Vernon B.
Catalog Number 85.058.0001
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by The Coby Foundation, 2009.
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