Oregon State College Hat – Cap – Beanie from 1950

For once I can actually date an item with quite a bit of precision!  This black and orange reversible wool hat, or beanie as they were called, belonged to an Oregon State student named Gene Winn.  A 2009 obituary for Mr. Winn says he was born in Albany in 1930 and attended OSU for a couple years, starting in 1948.  He lived and worked in Albany and Corvallis most of his life, eventually retiring from the Fred Meyer in Corvallis.  I’m not sure when he retired, but I can’t help but wonder if our paths ever crossed in that store, which I frequented so regularly during my time at OSU!