Coonskin Caps - The frontier adventure
DAVY CROCKETT on the ABC segments of DISNEYLAND in the 1950s starred
Fess Parker as Indian fighter and pioneer Davy Crockett who carried
a long rifle called Betsy and wore a coonskin cap. His hat became
popular with all of the younger viewers who turned the fuzzy fetish
into a national craze.
The official Davy Crockett hat was made of
rabbit fur and had a cardboard tag displaying the image of Fess
Parker. The coonskin cap retailed for $1.98.
commented on the coonskin cap craze with "Which will be exhausted
first; the supply of raccoons or the parents who have to buy the
TRIVIA NOTE: In 1957, it was the adults, namely the women, who started another
raccoon craze when a wild but short-lived rush for vintage raccoon
coats from the 1920s began.
A collection of
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