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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.” Cloth label under translucent plastic pocket inside crown: ”HUGHES & THOMAS / Custom Tailors / 53 EAST 19th ST. / NEW YORK 3, NY.” Paper size label inside crown, "6 1/2" and cloth union label with circular stamped mark (not legible) and number "2754023." Brown leather headband. Hat is part of a uniform with jacket and vest (catalog numbers C01.4880 and C01.4881).
(Keywords: Fashion, Accessory, Twentieth Century, Occupational Clothing, Hat, New York)
Acquisition Gift of Arthur DeWaters
Ownership and History This uniform was likely worn by Staten Island residents John W. DeWaters (born in 1884) or his son Arthur L. DeWaters (born ca. 1909). Both men worked for the B&O Railroad. Arthur DeWaters donated the uniform to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1975.

The Staten Island Rapid Transit Railway Company was owned by the Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) Railroad from 1899 to 1971.
Earliest Date 1899
Latest Date 1971
Subjects Railroad employees
Lexicon Sub-category Clothing -- Outerwear
Associated People DeWaters, John
DeWaters, Arthur
Catalog Number C01.4882
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2012.
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