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Old 03-21-2012, 10:54 AM   #11
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Cute hats!!!

The ninja hat is a balaclava! Originally worn by airforce pilots under their helmets!
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Yes, you're right, ArtLady, it is a balaclava, but I didn't know about Air Force pilots wearing them. I'll pass that along to my nephew (however, I suspect he'll still like the ninja analogy better since he's into gaming).
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:16 PM   #12
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They date back to First World War! Red Cross volunteer knitters had the balaclava hat patterns for the men. The balaclava was a favorite for Air Force because it doubled as a "liner" inside the helmet. Also, protected them from abrasions, besides the warmth.

Here is a link for those three hat patterns, plus some great vintage photos. I got my history from this site, and others as well.

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