Theodor Geisel’s birthday is this month, and in honor of the whimsical children’s author and illustrator, we’re going to let you in on a little secret: Dr. Seuss had a collection of over 500 hats.
His second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, may be his most autobiographical book of all.
Until recently Dr. Seuss’ hat collection was hidden in a closet behind a secret door in a bookcase at Geisel’s home. According to Dr. Seuss’ sister, he started collecting hats from around the world in the 1930s and continued to collect them for over 60 years.
An exhibit called “Hat’s Off to Dr. Seuss!” features 26 whimsical hats from his private collection along with his original art inspired by the hats. The collection debuted at the New York Public Library last year and will appear in 6 galleries across the United States this year.
Some of the hats in the collection include a fire brigade helmet from Australia, a plastic Viking helmet, a faux-fur and leather drum major’s hat and — oh, yes!— even a red and white striped satin stovepipe hat just like the one worn by the eponymous Cat in the Hat. It would be amazing to see the real-life hats that inspired the famous author. See photos of some of the hats here.
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