This vintage hat was made in the mid 1950s by the John B. Stetson Co. from their Royal Stetson grade felt. It is their famous “Playboy” model, with lightweight felt, a stitched raw edge brim, marrow ribbon and diamond shaped bents on the side of the crown. The hat is a size 7-3/8, with a 2-3/4″ brim and a 5-3/8″ crown.
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This hat is the first generation of the famous Stetson Playboy. It is made of “Air Light” quality felt, some of the lightest felt Stetson ever produced. It has a correspondingly thin and lightweight leather sweatband, narrow ribbon, and a stitched brim edge. There is punched ventilation in the crown. The felt is so light and soft, yet dense, that it easily takes any crease. The sweatband is stamped “The Stetson Playboy – Air Light”. It was sold by Kuhns Johnson Company of Greensburg PA. There is a vibrant blue bow at the sweatband seam, and a typical mid 1930s Stetson gold foil tag. The unreeded sweatband has dropped a fair number of stitches, as is common on unreeded sweatbands of this period.
Brim Width: 2-1/8″
Ribbon Width: 7-1/8″
Crown Height: 5-7/8″