1920s / 1930s Olympic Cap

This vintage cap was made by Knox hats in the late 1920s or early 1930s as part of the uniform of the United States Olympic team. It’s difficult to say with 100% certainty, but this looks consistent with what was worn at either the 1928 St. Moritz or the 1932 Lake Placid games. It is made from white felt in a traditional flat-cap style, with an embroidered US Olympic shield crest consistent with the early games. The cap has a cream colored leather sweatband of the type typical of the late 1920s and early 1930s. The deep embossing is also typical of what Knox was producing in this era. The style of brim is something I have never seen before. Usually the brim on these flat caps is a separate piece, usually with a snap on the top. This is interfaced inside for a degree of stiffness, then decoratively stitched, presumably so that the cap can be rolled up and stowed easily. There is a remnant of the original size tag, but not enough to tell the size. The sweatband measures 22″ in circumference.

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1964 Olympic Parade Coat

This coat was made by Lakeland for the 1964 winter olympic games in Innsbruck, Austria. It is made of heavy white blanket wool material, with red white and blue knit details. It has a shawl collar, slash handwarmer pockets and buttoned adjuster tabs on the wrists. The coat is lined in blue pile, and has a tag which reads, “Lakeland Sportswear / Parade Coat / Selected for wear by the U.S. Olympic Team / IX Winter Olympic Games / Innsbruck, Austria 1964”. It is tagged a size 40.
These coats were also available in limited numbers as a commemorative model in the winter of 1963. A standard Lakeland “Clicker” car coat sold for $26 at that time. This Olympic Parade Coat sold for more than double, retailing at $55.

Chest (pit to pit): 24″
Shoulder to Shoulder: 18″
Sleeve (shoulder to cuff): 24-1/2″
Length: 36″

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Adam Olympian 1964 Olympics uniform hat


This vintage hat was made in 1964 by the Adam Hat Company as part of the uniform worn by US athletes at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This particular example was worn by Bob Hoffman of York, Pennsylvania, coach of the US weightlifting team. Bob Hoffman was owner of York Barbell, and one of the inventors of modern weightlifting. 1964 was the last year he coached the US Olympic team,

The hat is made of bone colored fur felt. It has a classic early 1960s fedora/cowboy hybrid styling, similar to Stetson’s iconic “Open Road”, but with a two cord hatband. It has a bound edge and a black leather sweatband. Appropriately, the model name is the “Olympian”. Included in the photos below are a photo of Bob Hoffman wearing this hat at the Olympic Games, as well as two of other athletes wearing this same model which show more detail.

Size: 7-3/8
Brim Width: 3″
Ribbon Width: 1/4″
Crown Height: 5-1/4″

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Bob Hoffman wearing the hat in 1964.
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 Other Olympians wearing the same model.
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