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Back in the day these type of styrofoam (plastic) skimmer hats were sold at sporting events, conventions, and other gatherings. Today they are delightfully quaint and somewhat exotic (especially because they were actually made in the US!). I was thrilled to see the words "Litho USA" on each paper band, along with the "GAU" printer's union logo.

The inside of the hats give the patent numbers, which date to 1973, and say Made in USA. They are made of styrofoam that was molded to resemble the prototypical straw skimmer hat. They each have a rubber band around the interior brim, however I would not count on it to hold the hat on as it is very old.

The interior circumference of the hat is approximately 22" right near the brim. The brim is 1.5" deep (it sticks out that much all the way around). The top stands up 3".

These hats are old and are in good shape for their age however there are some marks on them which I tried to give a sample of in the pictures, such as brown spots on some of the paper bands in parts and on the brims. They don't appear to have been worn, just were perhaps stored in an attic or other area that wasn't pristine. If you would like more pictures let me know.

I will pack the hat(s) securely and send with delivery confirmation. The hats do not nest at all (even though the patent says they should, which is strange), so shipping for all 4 of the hats might be a bit substantial because although they are light they would be bulky and would possibly be charged "balloon rate" shipping. However, final cost will depend on zip code, so please contact me for a more exact shipping cost before purchase if you like.

If you have any questions or would like to see other pictures, let me know!


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  • Vintage item from the 1970s
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