Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, the beloved author that so many tweens grew up reading, had a secret closet filled with his art and hats that is being shared for the first time.
Ted Geisel began collecting hats from around the world in the 1930s. The first recorded mention of Dr. Seuss’s hat collection came from his sister, Marnie, who visited her brother in New York in the autumn of 1937.
“Ted has another peculiar hobby—that of collecting hats of every description. Why, he must have several hundred and he is using them as the foundation of his next book.” said Marnie in the Springfield Union-News, November 28, 1937.
The tour is being done in conjunction with the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.