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1950's Black Straw Cowboy Hat with Inked Western Graphics and Original Lanyard in Very Nice Condition
Remember when cowboys used to be cool? As kids we didn't just watch Bananza or Gunsmoke on TV and we didn't just go outside and fire cap guns at each other. No, we dressed up; holsters, tin stars, suede vests, checked shirts, neckerchiefs, boots, spurs…..I knew kids who had chaps for God's sake!……CHAPS! The most important accessory needed if you were to be taken seriously as a gunslinger on any suburban block of the 1950's and 60's was, of course, the Cowboy Hat. A gun was essential yes, but you carried a gun when you played cops and robbers or Army. The hat defined the fantasy. A kid running around gunning people down could be mistaken as just another homicidal maniac on a shooting spree, while that same kid with a keen cowboy hat was instantly elevated to a hero defending a rancher's widow from rustlers or a sheriff bringing a gang of stagecoach robbers to justice (the hat that I'm selling, by the way, is black, and back in my day meant that you got stuck being the rustler or robber -but that's a minor point)
This hat is great. It is in overall nice condition with a little of the paint missing on small areas of a few straws at the top front edge (these can be easily touched up). It folds up only on one side at the moment, but we used to wipe the inside with a wet rag and pin our hats between two stacks of books to set the bends ourselves. the graphics are terrific and still mint (see photos) and it still has it's original sting lanyard (as well as the original "United Hatters, Cap Millinery Workers Union" tag). It is marked as Large, but this is a child's size. This will make a nice addition to any western toy collection.