c. 1950
6 in HIGH
(15.24 cm HIGH)
Gift of Mr. Erwin Strohmaier

Hat. Description: white cotton plain weave chef's hat, 3 3/4" band at bottom, with gathered mushroom-like top; blue and white label with donor's name and address stitched on the outside of the band; small elastic piece at back of band. Dimensions: 10" x 11" Condition: excellent History: Used by donor at family cook-outs and picnics, etc. References/Remarks: Acquired for the indoor-out-door living display on the Personal Dream Platform in the new 20th century Cowell gallery project. From the History Information Station: Object: Barbecuing utensils, chef's hat, and barbecue cookbooks. History: These large, long utensils with solid wooden handles are designed especially for outdoor cooking, a man's job. Along with the chef's hat to make the host into a professional chef, and the snappy cookbooks to make sure nothing goes wrong, they reflect the importance of barbecuing and outdoor dining in suburban social life of the 1950s and 1960s. Museum Purchase and Gifts of Dorothy Harrington, Norm Wilson, and Erwin Strohmaier

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