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The Postman's Hat
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the Postman's Hat. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other information that should be added. Thank you.

The Postman's hat is a version of the Junk Box in which one flap is tucked inside and the other left out to form a brim.



As far as I know the Postman's Hat first appears an article titled 'El trabajo manual escolar' by Vicente Casto Legua in the January 1907 issue of the Spanish magazine 'La Escuela Moderna', which was published in Madrid by Los Sucesores de Hernando, in a section about the Junk Box. The article says, roughly translated, 'This box, with a single handle or visor, forms a beautiful cap or kepi'.


It also appears:


As 'The Cap' in 'Fun with Paperfolding' by William D Murray and Francis J Rigney, which was published by the Fleming H Revell Company, New York in 1928.



As 'La gorra del cartero' (The Postman's Hat) in El Mundo de Papel' by Dr Nemesio Montero was published by G Miranda in Edicions Infancia in Valladolid in 1939.