Derby hat worn by Blinky the Clown
Derby hat worn by Blinky the Clown (Russell Scott). The derby hat is made by Stacy Adams and is 100% wool. It has a rounded top and narrow brim which is curled up along the outer edge. The interior is lined with black silk and a black ribbon. Top interior is also lined with clear plastic over the manufacturer's tag.
Donated to History Colorado by Shannon Schrum, a longtime friend of Scott's and collector of Blinky memorabilia.
Blinky the Clown brought joy, comfort and unforgettable safety tips to generations of Colorado children every weekday for over 40 years. In fact, Blinky’s more than four decades spent on Denver’s airwaves set national records. He became the longest running television clown and host of any children’s television show in American history. Originally inspired by the circus growing up, Russell Scott, the man behind the face paint and plaid jacket, began his television career as Blinky in 1958 on station KKTV in Colorado Springs, just six years after Colorado acquired its first television station in 1952. In 1966, Scott and Blinky’s Fun Club moved to Denver’s KWGN-TV, where it would stay until it was removed from broadcast in 1998.
Printed on interior top: SA TM / STACY ADAMS ® / HATS
Printed on interior, proper right side: 100% WOOL
Printed on interior, proper left side: SA TM / STACY ADAMS ®