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Time Shift Your TV – Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!

Cat in the HatFew hats are as famous as the tall Cat in the Hat’s iconic topper.

Beloved storyteller Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) loved hats. He began collecting them in the 1930s. His sister, Marnie, mentioned the fascination with headpieces in 1937, when she told a newspaper that he had a “peculiar hobby—that of collecting hats of every description.” At that time, she estimated he had “several hundred.”

Now, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Dr Seuss’ second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, the author’s hat collection is on tour, leaving his estate for the first time and traveling to art galleries around the country.

From Nov. 2–18, the exhibit, Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!, will make a stop in the Washington, D.C. area at P & C Art Galleries in Alexandria, Virginia. An opening night reception with the curator, Bill Dreyer, of the show will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. 

Along with 26 original hats from Dr. Seuss estate, the exhibition will feature works adapted from Geisel’s original drawings, paintings and sculpture.  After stopping in the Washington area, the show travels to Florida, Texas and California. (Complete tour schedule here.)

As for TV specials and shows featuring the Cat in the Hat, you can watch the original 1971, 25-minute TV special on YouTube, and there are videos, puzzles and games for the current Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That PBS show on the PBS Kids websiteThe Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot about Christmas special is slated to air on Nov. 27 on PBS (check local listings).