We just ran a feature in True West magazine about "Big Brims" in the historical and reel West, but I have to say none of the hats we featured hold a candle to the hats I saw today in terms of big brims. And in the Netherlands!
Cowboy hat ground zero, indeed. Look no further than the Dutch, who were sporting bigger hat brims than the Spanish conquistadors or the vaqueros (or Tim McCoy for that matter) and in the 1620s! Check out these 18-20 inch+ shade tree chapeaus spotted at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam today: