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Caps off!        

Devil's Lake Corral cap

A piece of clothing that started out as part of the "uniform" of American baseball teams in the late 1800s jumped the fence and, in today's world, is a necessary fashion accessory.


The rounded cap with the brim (and a button on top) was meant to keep the sun out of the eyes of ballplayers. Today it may be worn forward, backward, sideways or even inside out. The all-fabric cap with a snapback (to adjust the size) is often replaced today with one with mesh on the back half (for air circulation) and velcro to make the cap fit just right. The earlier caps provided a bit of ventilation through little holes with metal eyelets around the cap.


Of course the purpose was to make the team members very recognizable the team colors and team name or logo on the front of the cap identified the team.


Over time, the baseball cap became commonly worn by anyone and everyone (male and female) and became promotional tools used by businesses. Faithful customers might be given a cap with the company name /logo showing loud and clear on the front of the cap. The baseball cap also became popular as a souvenir to be purchased at an event or to remember a trip away from home.


Caps have long been part of a uniform whether for clubs and organizations (formal or informal) or to make volunteers/staff recognizable at events.


Onoway 75th

Devil's Lake Corral

This baseball cap was one of several different souvenirs that could be purchased by those who came to a show at Devil's Lake Corral in the early 1980s.

Onoway 75th

Locals could buy this commemorative cap to help celebration Onoway's 75th anniversary in 1998. Will there be one for the 100th in 2023?

                                Motors cap
Wolf Cubs cap

Maichen Motors

Loyal customers were presented with a cap as a special thank you for their business.

Wolf Cubs

Youngsters who were not old enough to join Boy Scouts could become Wolf Cubs in the interim.

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Last updated: August 4, 2019