What hat are you wearing today?
We have a break from the oppressive heat today and I felt like a felt. This is the iconic Stetson Stratoliner. It was introduced shortly before WWII and is still made (in name, if not in spirit) by the company that owns the Stetson brand today. I have three… two earlier examples from the 1940s that are unlined and very light in weight and this somewhat more substantial version with a mid 1950s vintage, like me.
This classic dress western style hat is named for the Boeing model 307 Stratoliner - the first commercial airplane to have a pressurized cabin. Boeing made only ten of these planes. Stetson sold the Strat was a very cool little piece of airplane bling. But this pin (which appears to be the version that came with the hat originally) is not the four engine Stratoliner - rather a two engine TWA prop that appears to be a DC-3.
Why the discrepancy?… I don’t have the answer. But if you have a love for mid 20th C. American hats, you need one of these.