Friday, May 22, 2009

Happy Don't FryDay

The National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention celebrates the Friday before Memorial Day as national Don't FryDay, to remind people to protect their skin when out of doors. The theme for 2009 is "Slap on a Hat!" There are numerous examples of proper headgear in the Historical Image Collection (and yes, we're going to do this whole bit on hats without referring once to Esther Pohl Lovejoy's fabulous collection thereof... Ok, maybe we'll refer to her once.)

Classic, a la Dean Baird (devil-may-care Wren Gaines going hatless):

Tropical, modeled by E.S. West:

Western wear, epitomized by Hopalong Cassidy (shown here with nurse Shirley Thompson):

Eclectic, de riguer during the School of Dentistry's Tongue Depressor Contests:

We don't, however, recommend going overboard on coverage. 'Cause you might scare young children. Here, the circus comes to Doernbecher Memorial Hospital for Children:

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