This past weekend, The New York Times ran a fascinating piece on Theodor Seuss Geisel’s hat collection, which kicked off a nationwide tour with shows at the New York Public Library and the Animazing Gallery in SoHo.
Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, used the hats as inspiration in books like “The Cat in the Hat” and “The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins,” and the man was a lifelong hat fanatic.
Per the Times: “He collected hundreds of them, plumed, beribboned and spiked, and kept them in a closet hidden behind a bookcase in his home in the La Jolla section of San Diego. He incorporated them into his personal paintings, his advertising work and his books. He even insisted that guests to his home don the most elaborate ones he could find.”