Minnie Pearl's Hat

A straw hat adorned with a band of artificial flowers and a dangling price tag was an essential component of country comedian Minnie Pearl's stage persona. Born Sarah Ophelia Colley in Centerville Tennessee, she perfected her style of rural humor in numerous appearances at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, on radio, and on television.
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Pearl, Minnie
Physical Description
straw (overall material)
paper (tag material)
overall: 2 3/4 in x 15 1/2 in x 12 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 39.37 cm x 31.115 cm
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Gift of Sarah Ophelia Cannon (Minnie Pearl) through Henry R. Cannon
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The tag on Minnie Pearl's original hat was left on by accident, She forgot to remove the tag before going on stage. It was such a hit with her fans that she chose to leave it as part of her act. Ms. Minnie was such a wonderful, loving, caring person.
Is the price tag handwritten or stamped? I've seen the price quoted from other sources as $1.98. Is that correct? Also, either on the tag or in her act, is their any reference to what store it's from? For some reason I recall Bon-Ton department store being mentioned, perhaps due to its presence in West Virginia, but would love confirmation.
Another associate and myself were discussing Minnie Pearl and her hats with the price tag. When did she start using the hats? We both really enjoyed her and her times on TV & radio.

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