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A Boy Scout Troop with a unique story
Boy Scout Troop 17 has worn the traditional broad-brimmed Scout campaign hat since its founding in 1917. During the late 1950s and early 1960s, several problems arose with the campaign hats. The material used in the newer hat’s construction was less sturdy, making the hats susceptible to warping. Hat presses were becoming less available and more expensive; and those that were available were not well made.
Because Scouts solve problems, one of the Troop’s Assistant Scoutmasters constructed a rudimentary prototype with the intent of using them within the Troop and perhaps making them available for sale. He proceeded to refine the “tear drop” design, and used stronger materials such as Masonite, heavy grommets, and rivets.
One summer in the early 1960s, a Scout, who was home from college and without a summer job, worked with that Assistant Scoutmaster on the hat press. On a trip to Chicago, he took several with him and spontaneously stopped at the Illinois State Patrol headquarters in Springfield, Illinois. They were enamored with them and bought several. The Troop’s first sale!
After that, sales were mostly word-of-mouth referrals. Beginning in the 1990s, the troop began an aggressive marketing campaign and quality control program. The product was improved, material and shipping costs were reduced, and major broad-brimmed hat users (such as highway patrols, park service rangers, and the Marine Corps) were targeted throughout the United States.
Troop 17 Scouts assemble the hat presses themselves in St. Louis, Missouri.
With the popularization of online shopping, the hat presses were sold on our Troop 17 website and now on Etsy. The hat press business is a success. Through these sales, we are able to finance most of the Troop’s expenditures, including camperships to our Scouts in need.
Thank you for supporting Troop 17!
Boy Scout Troop 17 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Boy Scout Troop 17 has been continuously active since 1917.
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Returns & exchanges
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- Custom or personalized orders
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Frequently asked questions
Will the Seventeener Hat Press accept different styles of broad brimmed hats?
Yes, in most cases. In addition to felt hats, we accommodate most beaver felt and straw hats. See detailed sizing information in the listing description. Hat presses for triple thick brims (1/4") are available at no extra charge.
What if I use both a summer and winter style broad brimmed hat?
Many of our customers purchase two presses in order to protect both the hat in service as well as the one in storage.
Can I use a purchase order?
Absolutely. We accept purchase orders from qualified customers. Please use the Contact link above.
Are there quantity discounts?
Yes! Get one free for every 25 ordered. See the coupon codes in the listing description. Just pay incremental shipping.
Can I change my address after ordering?
We do not accept address changes sent in follow-up conversations. The correct shipping address must be specified at ordering time. If you need to change your address and it is before we have shipped the item, please contact us immediately. We will then cancel the order, refund your money and ask you to create a new order with the correct address. Following this process offers the highest level of Etsy protection for all parties in case of delivery issues.
Will I be refunded shipping charges if I make a return or exchange?
Unfortunately, no. Shipping charges will not be refunded.
Will you/can I change my desired shipping method?
Depending on the order size and destination, we may want to change the shipping method to one that, in our experience, is more reliable and/or cheaper. In that case, we will always contact you first for your approval. If you prefer your order to be shipped by other than the USPS, please contact us and we will be happy to accommodate you.
Will you ship to an international location?
Yes. Please contact us for details. If you are ordering one or two presses, we can ship using the First Class International Package Service rate which is significantly cheaper than the listed rates.
I am a tax exempt buyer. Can you waive the sales tax charge?
Unfortunately, no. Etsy mandates the collection of sales tax for orders from states that have enacted taxes on internet sales and Etsy remits the taxes directly to those states. We cannot override that policy. However, Etsy has a process for buyers to recoup the tax. Go to the Etsy Help section and search for "How to Make a Tax Exempt Purchase on Etsy".
How do I make an exchange for a different size?
Return the incorrect hat press to us and place a new order for the correct size. Once we receive the incorrect press, we will issue you a refund for the press (but not shipping costs) and sales tax for the press, if any.
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