ca. 1910
6 in HIGH x 10 in WIDE x 11.5 DEEP
(15.24 cm HIGH x 25.40 cm WIDE x 29.21 DEEP)
Gift of Lloyd Sigmon

Hat. Description: One man's hat, blue file (faded) small brim at front, full crown, gathered to button on top - worn when motoring. (lined in white cotton). From the History Information Station: Object: Silk faille driving cap. History: In the early days of this century, people wore special clothing when they went for a drive. If you were a fashionable "automobilist" before World War I you might wear a hat like this one. In addition to its stylish high crown, the hat was practical; it kept the sun and rain out of your eyes while you drove your machine. Gift of Lloyd Sigman Love at first sight: California and the early automobile. Californians fell in love with the automobile almost at once. The Northern and Southern California Auto Clubs were both formed in 1900. Far from remaining mere curiosities, cars quickly became accepted here. After the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco, the Overland Monthly applauded them, saying that "without the aid of the automobile, the damage and suffering would have been immeasurably increased." By 1910 eight percent of the cars registered in the nation were in California alone. The state Department of Engineering had begun to map a network of roads between the county seats and the large cities, and the first highway bonds were issued in that year. In 1912 the first paved roads appeared, and in 1915 the state issued its first driver's licenses. By 1920, at the end of the First World War, there were 600,000 cars in the state, waiting for the great oil finds at Signal Hill and Huntington Beach to "rev up" and get on the road! Inez Brooks-Myers, May 8, 2008: This is a driving cap, as opposed to "hat." It is very blousy and full.

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