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They Invented What? (No. 3)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on June 7, 2006

U.S. Pat. No. 5,553,327:  Hat made from cardboard beverage container and method of making the same

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We claim:

1. A method of making a hat, comprising the steps of:

(a) cutting a plurality of hat elements from cardboard product container material including graphics disposed on an exterior surface thereof, wherein the cutting step comprises the steps of:

     (1) cutting a brim, first and second side members, first and second connecting members and a top member from the material according to predetermined patterns, wherein the side members include top, bottom, front and rear edges; and

     (2) forming an aperture in the brim; and

(b) assembling the hat elements to form a hat, wherein the graphics printed on the exterior surface of the container material are disposed on visible exterior surfaces of the hat, and wherein the assembly step includes the steps of:

     (1) joining bottom edges of the first and second side members to the brim such that the side members circumscribe the aperture in the brim;

     (2) joining opposing front and rear edges of the first and second side members together by overlapping the front and rear edges with the first and second connecting members, respectively; and

     (3) joining the top member to the first and second side members proximate top edges thereof.