Uniform cap for a Pullman attendant

Manufactured by
J. Apfelbaum and Company, American, ca. 1905 - 1949
Subject of
Pullman Palace Car Company, American, 1867 - 1981
ca. 1940s
copper-aluminum alloy, synthetic fiber and textile materials
H x W x D: 8 7/8 × 3 3/4 × 6 11/16 in. (22.6 × 9.5 × 17 cm)
Uniform cap worn by attendants on Pullman railway cars. The hat is in the style of peaked cap with a leather brim. A cream colored cord wraps around the crown of the hat above the brim and has two knots on either side. The leather brim is extremely scratched. The cords are each attached to a silver button with the inscription, [PULLMAN]. The upper part of the hat is wider than the crown and has metal button holes throughout. The inside of the cap has a leather border. At the back of the cap is a ribbon tied into a bow. Next to the ribbon is a white cloth square with the number [7] identifying the size of the hat. On the leather border are the dotted letters and numbers, [M W 8 6 47]. On the top inner hat is a leather diamond with the manufacturer's name, [MADE BY / Apfelbaum / CHICAGO].
Place made
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Place used
United States, North and Central America
caps (headgear)
Great Migration
Pullman Porters
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Alan Laird
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
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