I was sort of like Ralphie from A Christmas Story, but instead of an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200 shot range model BB gun. I wanted the official Indiana Jones Stetson 100% wool fedora hat! It was better than a BB gun since I wouldn’t shoot my eye out, like I almost did with my bullwhip. (See the above Raiders of the Lost Nerd post)
Stetson put out the hat sometime after Temple of Doom in 1984 and I think I finally got mine sometime in 1985. Stetson made a bunch of other fedora hats with the Indiana Jones label that were different colors and styles. They even made a Panama Jack style. I don’t think Indiana would be caught dead in a Panama Jack hat!
The label inside.
The hat came with a nifty brass logo pin, which resembles an old 1930s radio premium. Something that a kid could have sent away for using cereal boxtops.
I'm afraid I wasn’t much of an adventurer as I didn’t wear my Indy hat that often and instead kept it displayed on a bookshelf most of the time.
I just found the original paper tag that I got with my hat! I found it tucked away in my paperback copy of The Making of Return of the Jedi! Thankfully I used it for a bookmark and it was saved!