This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt features a young girl looking at a hat. Well, take a gander at THESE hats:
|My grandmother Lucille Rucker Davis is the first on the left,|
In 1955, Fess Parker was the star of Disney’s “Davy Crockett” television program. The show became so popular that Disney made a movie from the first 3 episodes. Parker recorded the theme song, “The Ballad of Davy Crockett," and it became so popular that everyone knew the words. Crockett in his coonskin cap became one of the most popular western heroes in the country, and his popularity spawned a hat-fad among boys. The much coveted coonskin cap was usually a faux-fur lined skull cap with raccoon tail.
My grandmother was working for Colonial Store in Portsmouth, Virginia, during the big Davy Crockett craze. I don’t recall the year of this photo, but it had to be mid- to late fifties – early sixties at the latest. Colonial Store was running some sort of promotion. The employees wore the coonskin caps for I-don’t-know-how-long, and they either gave away Davy Crockett dishes with purchase or maybe the dishes were simply available for purchase in the store during the promotion. I don’t know for sure.
The Davy Crockett plate was made in 1955 during the heyday of the “Davy Crockett” show.
|Image from Google Images|
I do remember having the dishes although I don’t know what became of them – probably donated to Goodwill or sold at a yard sale when their coolness factor had sufficiently worn off. Who knew the coolness factor could be reborn?