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Felt hat with medallion worn by Bo Diddley

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
Hat worn on stage by Bo Diddley for the last 15 years of his career, including his final performance on May 12, 2007. The hat is made of black felt, with brown trim around the brim and a wide black ribbon band featuring the silver medallion bearing the name "BO" designed by Diddly himself. There are several other decorative elements attached to the band: a round "BLUES" pin, a Smokey Bear pin, a Florida Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry pin, and a gold pin in the shape of an alligator.
Created by
Resistol Hats, American, founded 1927
Owned by
Bo Diddley, American, 1928 - 2008
Date
ca. 1992
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Medium
felt, silver
Dimensions
H x W (hat): 5 3/4 x 12 x 13 in. (14.6 x 30.5 x 33 cm)
L x W (hatbox): 18 1/2 x 15 x 8 in. (47 x 38.1 x 20.3 cm)
Type
hats
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Clothing-Costume
Exhibition
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Object number
2009.42.1ab
Topic
African American
Blues (Music)
Clothing and dress
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Rhythm and blues (Music)
Rock and roll (Music)
Singers (Musicians)
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions