Apparently, the children’s book author made a hobby of collecting hats of nearly every description. Seuss was the owner of hundreds of hats of every description, keeping them in a closet hidden behind the bookcase in his San Diego home.
Of course, this may not come as much of a surprise. One doesn’t have to look much farther than some of the author’s most famous works— The Cat in the Hat and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins to guess he had a bit of a chapeau fétiche. And there were more hats scattered throughout the Seuss tales--Sam-I am had a hat, the fat fish from “One Fish, Two Fish” had a tiny yellow hat. And of course that Grinch who stole Christmas also stole that crinkled Santa hat.
And now, as part of the 75th Anniversary of “Bartholomew Cubbins” and the "Hats off to Dr. Seuss!" campaign, Dr. Seuss’ hat collection will be on display at the Children’s Center of the New York Public Library. The hats on exhibit include a striped, red-and-white stovepipe hat that looks exactly like the one which is the centerpiece of the “The Cat in the Hat” story.
This is the first time any of these hats have traveled outside the Seuss Estate but thanks to Dr. Seuss's widow, Audrey S. Geisel, the public will get a peek at the author’s amazing fascination with head wear—through February 12.
Source: The New York Times