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Canada Special Hat

Canada Special Hat

The year was 1919. After doing research on what type of business to open, a young Morris Shumiatcher went to his local bank and borrowed $300 to buy Calgary Hat Works, and Smithbilt Hats was born. Smithbilt concentrated on the local market and soon gained a reputation as the best hat maker around. Smithbilt made outstanding dress hats and soon started making premium cowboy hats for local ranchers. In 1926, Morris created the first white cowboy hat. Little did he know the White Hat would become the internationally recognized symbol of the Calgary Stampede and the City of Calgary. In 1949, Mayor Don Mackay donned a White Smithbilt and on a mission to promote Calgary and began handing out the White Hat to visiting dignitaries. The City of Calgary continues this tradition today. Morris' son Judah took over the business and continued the tradition of service, quality, and respect for the people who wear western hats. Responding to growing trends, Smithbilt produced many unique styles and variations on the original western hat.

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