Imagine waking up and the sun is shinnig so bright that you decide its just to hot to go outside, but then you suddenly change your mind and decide to take a stroll along the nearby country side. As the sun beams down streams of laser like heat upon your head, you start to feel as though you're on fire. You try to escape it by placing your hand on top of your head but its of no significant benefit.
Aww.. over there, next to the mountain is a group of trees. Its now a foot race to find comfort from the scorch of the sun. What were you thinking? Obviously not much thinking went into this situation because, you fell asleep and was awaken by thunderstorms bearing overpowering human size droplets of liquid sunshine. Your poor head is soaking wet. HELP!!
I am sure this was a constant scenario that affected the lives of many prior to the invention of the first hat.
Hats by design are primarily a head covering. They come in many sizes, shapes and colors. Depending on the circumstance(s), some were worn for protection, some for religious purposes, while others were worn as a fashion accessory.
I'm not really sure who made the very first hat, but people like Locks of St. James Street; Sharp and Davis, then of course, John B. Stetson are the most noted of the famous hat-makers, that come to mind.
Here's a couple of familiar hat's among the thousands made and perhaps were wore by you, I and others.
The BEARSKIN - Tall, fur full dress uniform hat of the Brigade of Guards. Commonly seen at Buckingham Palace.
The BEANIE - A modified baseball cap with a... believe it or not propeller on the top.
Then there's the DERBY; BERET; DEERSTALKER; GATSBY; HUMBURG; KOLPIK; SOMBRERO; TOP HAT; TURBAN....
As I said before, the list and various types of hats are long and they each have an incredible history.
Amazingly though, I must tell you that there is one "hat" that I did not list above, nor is it found among the thousands of hats listed in our most current dictionaries etc. It was made by a person(s) unknown us, who by trade or profession was probably not even known as a "hat maker". It was created from an available all natural source. The shape and color of the hat was not made by any special order request by it's eventual owner. Although, it was made over 2000 years ago, its current location to date, is still unknown. The actual cost and value of this hat is listed as...PRICELESS.
It had only one single owner, who wore it at, and for only one absolutely single incredible reason..... "YOU and I ".
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