The Hats Off to Dr. Seuss! exhibition provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a selection of original hats collected by Dr. Seuss over a period of 60 years.
Ted Geisel began collecting hats from around the world in the 1930s. The first recorded mention of Dr. Seuss’s hat collecton came from his sister, Marnie, who visited Ted in New York in the autumn of 1937. She reported in the Springfield Union-News, November 28, 1937, “Ted has another peculiar hobby—that of collecting hats of every description. Why, he must have several hundred and he is using them as the foundation of his next book.”
That next book—now celebrating its 75th anniversary—was The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.
Following is a selection of hats from the Seuss Estate. (Click thumbnail for larger image.)