The John B. Stetson Company
was established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1865 when John B. Stetson decided to mass-produce a hat like one had fashioned for himself out of necessity during a lengthy Western expedition. Stetson's Boss of the plains, with its high crown, and wide flat brim, became the prototype for all other cowboy hat designs. Now located in St. Joseph, Missouri (run by Hat Brands, Inc.), the Stetson hat factory there and its second factory in Galveston, Texas, continue to turn out the "Boss of the Plains," along with over 100 variations for men and women.
The Stetson became "a symbol of Western pride and bravado, with its large crown and wide brim” and has graced the heads of America's most treasured Western heroes, from old-time favorites like actor John Wayne, Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, and country singer Gene Autry, to modern-day popular artists like Garth Brooks and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing on the television series Dallas." J.R.'s hat is now displayed in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History's contemporary Americana exhibit. Furthermore, the Stetson hat has also been worn by prominent country singers from Dale Evans to Trisha Yearwood, spurred on by legendary female maverick Annie Oakley, proving "that females can carry off this most essential Western look, too."Certificate:
Common Stock, issued in the 1910’sPrinter: American Bank Note Company Dimensions:
7 1/2” (h) x 11 1/2” (w)State: PA-Pennsylvania Subject Matter: Famous Companies
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| Clothing and Accesssories Vignette Topic(s): Distinguished Gentlemen Condition:
Vertical fold lines, punch hole cancels in the signature areas and body, receipt adhered to left side border and some toning and edge faults from age.