Greetings and salutations! It is I, Hattingdon. Hmmm. I like that. I, Hattingdon. Makes me sound all historical or something. Mostly something, ha ha ha. Snort!
Speaking of historical there is someone very, very special that Mrs Farrell absolutely adores. It’s the Belle of Louisville, a 100+ year old steamboat. There’s not another like her in the world with that sort of longevity still afloat and active to boot.
The Belle is owned and operated by the city of Louisville, Kentucky, and moored at its downtown wharf during her annual operational period. Originally named Idlewild, she was built by James Rees & Sons Company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the West Memphis Packet Company, in 1914 and was first put into service on the Allegheny River.
The Belle steamboat is said to hold the all-time record in her class for miles traveled, years in operation and places visited. How deluxe!
What’s that got to do with little ol’ me? Well, Mrs Farrell created a hat design for the city of Louisville and named it after the Belle.
The Belle hat design, originally in blue with golden fleur de lis in my mane (as seen above), has become the most popular Hattingdon design ever. Ever! She has surpassed all the other popular hat designs — occasionally challenged but never conquered.
Local shops have taken an interest in selling me wearing my Belle hat. As much as they love the blue, they wanted to see what the Belle hat would like in red — the colour of her paddle wheel, and golden yellow — the colour of her lettering.
Here’s the red. Loving it.
Here’s another version bringing the beloved steamboat’s colours of red, golden yellow and blue together — predominantly red.
And again but predominantly blue.
So my darlings, which design do you love most? Which one do you think they will — or should — pick?