BOSS OF THE PLAINS: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlson

BOSS OF THE PLAINS: The Hat That Won the West

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Carlson celebrates the crowning (so to speak) achievement of John Batterson Stetson, a Philadelphia hatmaker who went West for his health in the 1850s and invented the emblematic piece of cowboy gear still identified with him, heavy enough to keep off the rain, wide enough to block the sun, tough enough to stand years of abuse--or, as some said, ""you can smell it across a room, but you just can't wear it out."" Meade surrounds this lively odyssey with a kaleidoscope of brightly painted collage cowboy scenes, taking her ruddy-bearded artisan from his boyhood home in New Jersey to the gold fields of Pikes Peak, then back East where he found his fortune at last. Carlson closes her account with a biographical note while a cowboy poet's heartfelt tribute appears on the back of the jacket. Steer readers who want to know more about Stetson, or about western fashion in general, to M. Jean Greenlaw's Ranch Dressing (1993).

Pub Date: April 1st, 1998
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: DK Ink