For the first time in history, 26 hats from Dr. Seuss’s personal collection, along with his original artwork, will be touring the country, stopping in six states. His sister Marnie said that he collected unique and historic hats using them as a foundation for his book The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, which marked its 75th anniversary last year. Making their way around the country “in a specially retrofitted old-fashioned steamer trunk,” the collection’s next stop is Northampton, Mass. See where else the collection will be touring in this NPR article.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Dr. Seuss classic The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the New York Public Library is exhibiting some of the hats in the real Dr. Seuss’s own collection. A hat lover himself, Theodor Seuss Geisel collected hundreds of them, incorporating them into his painting, advertising, and books, even insisting “that guests to his home don the most elaborate ones he could find.” The collection features a red Robin Hood-like cap with feather exactly like the one Bartholomew Cubbins had and the hat worn by the famous Cat in the Hat. The exhibit opens Monday in New York and will then travel to 15 other locations during the year. Maybe Chicago will get lucky. See the rest of the article in today’s New York Times.
Several Dr. Seuss stories which were only seen in a magazine 60 years ago will appear for the first time as a book. Random House Children’s division says the material last saw the light of day in 1950-1951. The collection of seven stories, titled The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, should be released in September.