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A wide-brimmed and high-crowned hat generally made of felt that was originally made by John B. Stetson Company, founded in 1865. Known as “Boss of the Plains,” this hat is often worn by men and women working in relatively extreme weather conditions, such as the high plains, intermountain west, and the southern deserts. The high crown allows air to flow over the top of the head better than other hats, while still providing scalp and facial protection from the sun. Although the company, now known simply as "Stetson," manufactures other products including apparel, perfume, and bourbon, the Stetson hat became and remained crucial to the business as the most popular object produced by the company, earning an iconic association with the American West.

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