References to the distinctive headwear are now used to identify old-fashioned fans, as opposed to more modern fans of media science fiction. One popular style of the beanie during the early half of the twentieth century was a kind of skullcap made of four or six felt panels sewn together to form the cap. We've made returning items as easy as possible. For other uses, see Beanie disambiguation.
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In other English-speaking countries and parts of the US, a "beanie" is a knitted cap often woollen , known in parts of the United States as a "stocking cap" or "beanie" and in Canada as a " tuque ".
One popular style of the beanie during the early half of the twentieth century was a kind of skullcap made of four or six felt panels sewn together to form the cap. The panels were often composed of two or more different contrasting colors to give them a novel and distinctive look.
This type of beanie was also very popular with some colleges and fraternities, as they would often use school colors in the different panels making up the garment. Another style of beanie was the whoopee cap , a formed and pressed wool felted hat, with a flipped up brim that formed a band around the bottom of the cap. The band would often have a decorative repeating zig-zag or scalloped pattern cut around the edge. It was also quite common for schoolboys to adorn their beanies with buttons and pins.
The cloth-covered button on the crown is about the size of a bean seed and may be the origin of the term "beanie". Some academics believe that the term is instead derived from a type of headgear worn in some medieval universities.
The yellow hats bejaunus , meaning "yellowbill", later beanus , a term used for both the hats and the new students evolved into the college beanies of later years.
According to the Oxford Dictionary , the etymology is uncertain, but probably derives from the slang term "bean", meaning "head". In New Zealand and Australia , the term "beanie" is normally applied to a knit cap known as a tuque in Canada and parts of the US, but also may apply to the kind of skull cap historically worn by surf lifesavers  and still worn during surf sports. In the United Kingdom, the term "Benny Hat" may also refer to a knitted style of headcovering. This name originally comes from the character "Benny", played by actor Paul Henry in the British Crossroads soap opera.
The character appeared from the mids to the lates and usually wore a knitted version of the hat. A larger variant of the skullcap, the beanie was working apparel associated with blue collar laborers, including welders, mechanics, and other tradesmen who needed to keep their hair back, but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary obstruction.
The baseball cap evolved from this kind of beanie, with the addition of a visor to block the sun. By the mids, beanies fell out of general popularity as a hat, in favor of cotton visored caps like the baseball cap. However, in the s and possibly beyond, they were worn by college freshmen and various fraternity initiates as a form of mild hazing. In the late s, while still in high school, science fiction fanzine artist Ray Nelson adopted the use of the propeller beanie as emblematic shorthand for science fiction fandom.
This was in self-mockery of the popular image of fans as childish and concerned with ephemera such as science fiction. References to the distinctive headwear are now used to identify old-fashioned fans, as opposed to more modern fans of media science fiction.
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