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Uniform cap owned by Pullman Porter Robert Thomas

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Manufactured by:
Unidentified
Owned by:
Robert Jackson Thomas, American, 1889 - 1929
Subject of:
Pullman Palace Car Company, American, 1867 - 1981
Medium:
cloth, leather, metal, paper
Dimensions:
H x W: 3 x 8 1/4 x 9 in. (7.6 x 21 x 22.9 cm)
Type:
livery (uniforms)
Place used:
United States, North and Central America
Date:
ca. 1920
Description:
A Pullman Porter uniform cap owned by Robert Jackson Thomas. The cap has a stiff, black crown and a black plastic visor. Metal buttons are on both sides of the cap where the visor meets the crown. The buttons are silver colored with the word “PULLMAN” on it. An off white corded strap connects both buttons and rests on the visor. A tarnished silver colored plate at the front of the cap has black lettering that reads “PULLMAN / PORTER.” Four black metal grommets are found in the top of the hat. The interior liner is a strip of brown leather sutured together at the seam.
Topic:
African American
Clothing and dress
Labor
Transportation
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Descendants of Robert and Georgia Thomas, Pulaski, Tenn
Object number:
2012.75.1.1
Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Clothing-Historical
Exhibition:
Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation, 1876-1968
On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture