Hats off to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Velma Ruth Boyd (1921-2006) of Longview, Texas had a deep passion for hats and, no doubt, a big closet.

Throughout her life she collected more than 300 dress hats, most of which ended up at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.

Through July 1, 2008, a dazzling selection of Ms. Boyd’s hats is on display in the showcases between Gates 7-12 (post-security) at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Look for the “vermillion red hat with plumes of feathers,…a tan straw hat trimmed in white organza with a wide brim folded and curled back on itself like a mobius strip, and a pink summer straw hat surrounded with pink netting, ribbons and adorned with small faux flowerets.”


Photo courtesy Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

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2 thoughts on “Hats off to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

  1. Emily says:

    thank you so much to anyone who takes the time to view my grandmother’s hats. i live out of state and am unable to view the exhibit, so it makes me feel good knowing that people are not only viewing the hats but enjoying them. thank you, mark, for your comment!

  2. Mark says:

    Every time I walk through the Austin airport my eyes are drawn to the hat exhibit. The hats are truly beautiful – what exquisite taste!

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