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Dr. Seuss Hats on display in Safety Harbor

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Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection. Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection.
Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection. Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection.
Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection. Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection.
Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection. Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection.
Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection. Author Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss, had an extensive hat collection.
Everyone knows at least a few Dr. Seuss book titles. What most people don't realize, is Dr. Seuss' hat collection is almost as impressive as his library.

When collectors toured Dr. Seuss' estate with his widow, they found something they weren't expecting.

"Low and behold was this collection Dr. Seuss had collected from the 1930s all throughout his lifetime," said collection expert Jeff Schuffman.

Those hats are touring the country and will be at Syd Entel Gallery in Safety Harbor from Saturday, Jan. 11 through Jan 26.

"He was gifted some of them I think," Schuffman said. "He picked up some along his travels and used them as inspiration to create some of the artworks he painted as being transformative."

We all know the famous "Cat in the Hat" but Seuss put a lot of his characters in the accessory. He also collected hats for himself. He had everything from a crazy flower hat to a battle helmet.

"They would often have dinner parties in the house and when things got a little quiet or lull in the action he would go into the closet and pull out hats," Schuffman said. "They'd have everybody wear one and as you could imagine it would lighten things up quite a bit."

You can find out more about the Syd Entel Gallery here.

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