"In the early 1900's, one of the most curious sights in Seattle was the 'Umbrella Hat Man,' an eccentric old codger who inspired a popular cartoon character. The Umbrella Hat Man was Robert W. Patten, a Civil War veteran who walked Seattle's downtown streets dressed in dark pants, coat and vest and a hat that was actually a miniature silk umbrella to protect his head from the rain. With a long, white beard growing out from under the little umbrella, Patten was a familiar figure to most of the city's people...The Umbrella Man's claim to fame was being used as the model for a cartoon character also called the Umbrella Hat Man in The [Seattle] Times. The cartoon was drawn by a dentist from Indiana who migrated to Seattle, Dr. John Ross Hager. Hager joined The Times in 1906 and took the cartooning name of 'Dok' Hager and turned out a front-page daily cartoon that featured the Umbrella Hat Man and a little 'Dippy Duck.'" (David Suffia, "The man whose umbrella hat made him a cartoon character" Seattle Times, December 26, 1974, p. A13.) Handwritten on photograph, right: 29 CONN."
17.49 x 15.01 cm
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