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Item/Description: Vintage ca 1963-1976 Illinois Tebala Shriners "Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine" fez hat with decoratively embroidered & jeweled emblem/logo/insignia patches.
***The Tebala Shrine Temple is located in Rockford, Illinois.
***PLEASE NOTE: Wig/hat stand is for display purposes only and does not accompany this lot of items!***
***This fez hat was acquired as part of a large estate belonging to a member of the Tebala chapter of the Shriners, whose shrine/temple is located in Rockford, Illinois. We do have many additional Shriners memorabilia & collectibles available for your purchasing consideration, so if you don’t see it listed as yet, please don’t hesitate to inquire with us directly!
Excerpted Research Information About. J. C. Schultz Enterprises, now known as FlagSource (attributed to FlagSource.com): “John Christian Schultz and Lillian Schultz started the company (on their back porch) in 1920 as a cottage industry that manufactured fraternal regalia such as aprons and fezzes for the Shrine and Masonic fraternity in Chicago. The year 1920 was also the year that Dorothy Schultz Christiansen was born to the couple. John C. Schultz died in 1932 at age 40 and Lillian continued to operate the business until 1950 at which time a partnership known as The Schultz Manufacturing Company was formed between Lillian and Walter T. Christiansen, her son-in-law and husband of Dorothy. Walter had been a pilot in World War II flying B-17s. After the war, he worked in his family's poultry business and in advertising for the American Legion but decided his interest was in fraternal regalia and flags and banners. When Walter joined the business, Dorothy became more interested also.
Under the management of Lillian, Walter, and Dorothy, the business made its first of many expansion moves by renting a small store and shop in 1951. The business grew and in the years that followed, added more products, more employees, and larger facilities. In 1956, the company was incorporated with Walter as president, Lillian as vice president, and Dorothy as secretary-treasurer. "Old Timers" in the flag industry whether they be flag dealers, suppliers, or even competitors will remember Walter and Dorothy as some of the most colorful, special, and greatest flag people to work with..
During the 1960’s, Lillian’s grandsons, who were Walter and Dorothy’s sons, joined the business. These two young men, John and Bill, became the third generation family members who would take the business from a fraternal regalia manufacturer who sold a few flags to a full line Flag and Banner manufacturer. In 1975, The J.C. Schultz factory was a sea of bicycle pennants waiting to be shipped out to customers and in 1976, The American Bicentennial year, "FlagSource" became synonymous with quality as the company adopted the word as their trademark. It was an exciting time for all in the industry and John, in particular, would be recognized during the next ten years as one who designed and manufactured the first McDonald’s corporate flag, introduced the Nylon II American flag with screen printed stars, discovered in the ‘70s the best way to reach the most people was with a mail order catalog, introduced our tradename, "FlagSource", popularized our "boutique" flag line in the ‘70s before there was even a thought of fun flags, and helped, guided, and encouraged some of our industry’s largest flag distributors, to name just a few of his accomplishments...”
Age/Period: Vintage - ca 1963 to ca 1976 (1960s-1970s)
***The dating of this item has been a bit confusing. At first we solely relied upon the history of “J. C. Schultz Enterprises’” company, the manufacturer of this burgundy fez hat (relevant portions referenced above). The company was not incorporated until 1956, and their manufacturer’s information inside this hat doesNOTinclude the word “Inc.”, thus leading us to consider that this hat might possibly pre-date 1956.
Additionally, because telephone area codes did not come into common usage/existence until ca 1947, and the telephone number included as part of the manufacturer’s information inside this hat doesNOTcontain an area code, we next thought that this hat might actually pre-date 1947.
However, because 5-digit U.S. postal codes/Zip Codes did not come into mandatory usage until ca 1963 (and the manufacturer’s information inside this hatDOESinclude a USPS postal code) we then realized that this fez certainly dates to, at the oldest,ca 1963.
Add to that the fact that by the year 1976 the “J. C. Schultz Enterprises” company had evolved from simply a “fraternal regalia manufacturer who sold a few flags to a full-line Flag & Banner manufacturer” now called FlagSource, we are guesstimating the dating for this hat to be no older than ca 1963 to no more recent than ca 1976.
Manufacturer/Identification/Markings/Country of Origin: Interior of Hat is marked "J C Schultz Enterprises, 5417 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois-60644 287-0908 For Everything Fraternal".
Material(s)/Format: Felt-like cloth material
Size/Measurements: Hat is not sized, but at its lower band it measures approximately 6"H x approximately 10 ½"W x approximately 10 1/4" front to back. Tassel’s drop length is 14".
Quantity: One (1)
Condition: Excellent, exhibiting no material wear, rubbing or loss, retaining its original jeweled embellishments, remaining as vibrantly colorful as when new, and retaining a pristine tassel. Only noted condition factors are the absence of the golden Egyptian Sphinx/Pharaoh Head figural embellishment and the center-point decoration on the star (we have been advised that these are easily remediable restorations).
***Uppermost portion of hat contains four (4) clustered groupings of aerated holes to allow the head to “breathe”, and are not “condition issues”.