Made of Bakelite Krene (from the Union Carbide Company), this cool and kitschy rain hat can double as a sun hat. Simply inflate it with air power and voilà a perfect chapeau that will tie beneath your chin and keep you dry to boot!
Your hat will arrive folded - with instructions for inflating and deflating. We inflated only one of these and it was great - not even too, too odd! We tried to deflate the hat without reading the extremely well written instructions and were at first unsuccessful. After reading the instructions (Gee! Who even considered that?), we were able to refold the hat just as it arrived! Just imagine any instructions written that way today!
We are absolutely amazed at the quality of this plastic. Krene Bakelite items began hitting the American market around 1953, advertised to be absolutely the best plastic. The hats are old store stock and are in the appropriate condition from sitting for over 60 years
The explanatory tag in the display box reads:
Krene® is specially engineered to be the BEST PLASTIC for each specific end use. Made and quality-controlled by Bakelite Company, A Division of Union Carbide and Carbon Corporation, the world's foremost producer of plastics...specialist in superior plastics.
Look for the Krene tag...
a better plastic
a better product
- STRONGER...LASTS LONGER
- TEAR AND SCUFF-RESISTANT
- FADE RESISTANT
- EASILY WIPED CLEAN
- RESISTS STICKING, GUMMING
- UNDAMAGED BY MILDEW
- STAYS FLEXIBLY PLIANT
These hats were sold sometime between 1953 and 1958. Some of us even remember seeing them on the beach. (Yep, we're that old!)
Choose from the patterns are shown in the illustration.
This wonderful find was distributed by Alan Specialties, and manufactured by Anrob Manufacturing Company in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
We have seen these already used on eBay and Etsy for over $35.00.
Not for pets or children.
Dog not included.