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October 20, 2019

Boba Fett’s Helmet Turned Into A Knit Cap

Boba Fett is a character in Star Wars. A bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader to find the Millennium Falcon, he is a minor villain in both Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi.
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones establishes Boba Fett’s back story as a child clone of Jango Fett, who raises him as a son. Boba is created for Jango by the cloners of the Planet Kamino who are responsible for the creation of the Clone Army that the republic will eventually enlist. The Star Wars Expanded Universe expands on Fett’s origins and career as a bounty hunter. Fett’s air of danger and mystery have created a cult following for the character, who has been merchandised across multiple media. Fett might be part of the live-action Star Warsseries under development.
Boba Fett first appeared at the September 20, 1978, San Anselmo Country Fair parade. The character appeared on television several weeks later, animated by Nelvana Studios for The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978) as a mysterious figure who betrays Luke Skywalker (voiced by Mark Hamill) after saving him, Chewbacca, C-3PO (voiced by Anthony Daniels), and R2-D2 from a giant monster, only to be revealed as a bounty hunter working for Darth Vader. After his image and identity were revealed in The Star Wars Holiday Special, costumed Fett characters appeared in shopping malls and special events, putting up “Wanted” posters of the character to distinguish him from the franchise’s Imperial characters. The character also appears in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars newspaper strip.

Miniature Versions Of Beanies

A beanie is a head-hugging brimless cap with or without a visor that was once popular among school boys. In the United States of America, beanies are made by triangular sections of cloth joined by a button at the crown and seamed together around the sides. They can also be made from leather and silk. In other English-speaking countries, a beanie is a knitted cap often woollen, known in the United States and Canada as a Tuque
A larger variant of the skullcap, the beanie was a working hat associated with blue collar laborers, welders, mechanics, and other tradesmen who needed to keep their hair back but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary obstruction. Beanies do sometimes have a very small brim, less than an inch deep, around the brow front. The baseball cap evolved from this kind of beanie, with the addition of a brim to block the sun.
By the mid 1940s, beanies fell out of popularity as a hat in favor of cotton visored caps like the baseball cap although, in the 1950s and possibly beyond, they were worn by college freshmen and various fraternities as a form of mild hazing. Lehigh University required freshmen to wear beanies, or “dinks,” and other colleges including Franklin & Marshall, Gettysburg and Rutgers, may have had similar practices. Benedictine College, in Atchison, KS, still carries this tradition for the first week of a freshman’s classes. It is the only college in the country to maintain this tradition.

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