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Hat squad III

 

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Sept. 14, 1957
Los Angeles

Motorcycle Officer W.W. Wilhelm decided to put some teeth in fashion law and cited motorist Louise Squire for wearing a plastic mesh basket on her head. When stopped at Argyle and Franklin Avenues, Squire, of 8531 Wonderland Ave., insisted that whatever a woman has on her head is a hat.

Although it was unclear whether the basket interfered with Squire's vision, as Wilhelm said, it was apparently distracting other drivers and therefore impeding traffic.

 

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Maybe I've lived in Los Angeles too long and become inured to the Hollywood eccentrics but look at her picture. Is her hat really all that terrible? A little unusual, perhaps, but the upturned brim makes it a bit sporty--for a plastic basket. As all Angelenos know, real nuts wrap their heads in tinfoil.

A search through the clips reveals that Squire had novel ideas about millinery. She once appeared in court wearing a hat made from a potholder and another time attended a hearing with her head bound in a turban of belting fabric.

 

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Unfortunately, The Times failed to ask her about where she found the inspiration for her finery. And after a few run-ins with the police, she vanished from the public record.

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