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Under this old hat

Under this old hat By Bill Stork, DVM John B. Stetson invented the cowboy hat in 1865. Ironically, the man who designed the icon universally associated with all things rugged and west, was from New Jersey. Stetson was on a trek to Pike’s Peak. In those days, the hats worn by cowboys and vaqueros were made of straw. Demonstrating that necessity truly is the mother of invention, The Boss of the Plains was made of waterproof felt with a four-inch brim that kept the rain from running down the back of the neck all the way to a cowboy’s crack, and shaded their eyes when the sun shined. The crown formed a built-in bucket to pull water from a stream for your horse. The brim curled nicely to form a c

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