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Look closely and you’ll notice a maple leaf in that upper left hand corner instead of the field of stars.
So, that was the big change between the 1890s and the end of the Stetson era. One thing is sure, most of the Stetson hats made by license in Canada are from the 1950s and 60s.
Some collectors posit that the maple leaf was added when Stetson enlarged its Canadian manufacturing presence. So, maybe that is the reason Stetson added the maple leaf? We will likely never know exactly why the change was made.
Now, along with the common stars or maple leaf versions of the Stetson logo, the company also used many other logos and variations of the crest over the decades.
These hats were made from the late 1800s, through the 1900s. As America’s civil war ground to a close in 1865 and the post war rebuilding period got underway, a new era of advertising began–one with which we are still very familiar in our time.
If you’ve landed on this page, chances are you found us through a Google search as our pages now rank on the very first page for most search questions on hat history. One of the reasons you found us, though, is because information on hats is not just hard to find, it is very, very hard to find.But on these pages you’ll find much of what you need to know and resources to look elsewhere for other great info, too.