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johnnyphi
02-05-2008, 09:09 AM
Working on the inventory again this weekend, and I found an interesting new (to me) tag in several of the Schobel hats.

I've known that the Schobels and Stetsons were some of the oldest hats in my collection, but it was confirmed when I found a Ceiling Price tag next to the size tag, as shown in this photo:

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii79/johnnyphi/Schoble%20Hats/KatesCamera-092.jpg

For purposes of future thread searchers, the tag reads as follows:

SCHOBLE
O.P.A. Retail
Ceiling Price
$10.00
(Sec. 13, M.P.R. 580)

Has anyone seen this type of label before? I'm guessing that it would normally have been removed after purchase, since it's a price tag.

Brad Bowers
02-05-2008, 09:19 AM
That's pretty cool. It dates the hat to between 1942 and 1947. OPA is the Office of Price Administration, created to keep a lid on wartime inflation.

Don't just tease us, show us the rest of the hat!

Brad

johnnyphi
02-05-2008, 08:39 PM
That's pretty cool. It dates the hat to between 1942 and 1947. OPA is the Office of Price Administration, created to keep a lid on wartime inflation.

Don't just tease us, show us the rest of the hat!

Brad

Sorry for the delay... Photobucket was having problems this afternoon.

Here is a photo of the first hat. (Brown flecks are from decayed plastic lining, which I understand to be normal.) More hats to follow:
http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii79/johnnyphi/Schoble%20Hats/KatesCamera-089.jpg

johnnyphi
02-05-2008, 08:56 PM
This one is a good example... It's a "Superior - XX Quality" hat with a thin ribbon. It's unlined, but still very well made.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii79/johnnyphi/Schoble%20Hats/KatesCamera-095.jpg

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii79/johnnyphi/Schoble%20Hats/KatesCamera-096.jpg

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii79/johnnyphi/Schoble%20Hats/KatesCamera-098.jpg