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March 11, 2015

Robert Heath thought we should all wear luminous hats.

Among the advantages of the invention are,
the facility of seeing and finding the hat, &c., in closets and dark rooms and places, the presentation of a hat, &c., of different shades during day and night, the beautiful appearance of the article when worn at night, and the provision of distinguishing or indicating the localities of those who may wear the hats, &c., whose occupations are dangerous, such as miners, mariners, &c. For persons who are exposed to weather, sea, &c., the head-wear will be suitably waterproofed, so that the self-luminous nature thereof will not be injured by water. Simple enough. His patent was granted on Feb. 27, 1883. Bright Idea – Futility Closet

Posted by gerardvanderleun at March 11, 2015 6:01 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Influenced strongly by Davy Crockett and his coonskin cap my uncle Letsgo Lozko, of the world famous Bantam Chicken Lozkos, fashioned a chicken skin cap. Well, it wasn't just the skin, it had feathers on it but "chicken feather cap" didn't have a ring to it. popularity was unfavorable as the cap attracted stray dogs and raccoons. The coons were jealous.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 11, 2015 9:24 PM

chas - How did the raccoons react to it?

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2015 7:13 AM

I'm mostly utilitarian when it comes to hats and less fashion statement. I'm a minority in that regard.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2015 9:18 AM

BillH: The coons kept looking for eggs to suck. Some of the more sartorial of them sniffed in disdain and pissed on the cap. Coons are like that.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2015 10:28 AM

Given that his patent was granted on Feb. 27 1883, the thing that made his hats glow was probably radioactive.

Posted by: Speller [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2015 2:55 PM

Speller: that would be the logical explanation but the fashion industry has more facets than a Jo'burg diamond. My uncle Letsgo, King of the Bantams, told me years ago that the illumination was done with acetylene lamps such as miners used. The gas was vented outward in a complicated series of tubes placed strategically around the inside of the brim and then ignited. The hats never gained much popularity and when reports of people having all their hair burned off started surfacing the thing faded away. Wearing of the hats indoors was prohibited.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 12, 2015 4:17 PM

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