Whoopee cap

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George Lindsey as Goober Pyle wearing a typical whoopee cap

A whoopee cap is a style of headwear popular among youths in the mid 20th century in the United States. It was often made from a man's felt fedora hat with the brim trimmed with a scalloped cut and turned up. In the 1920s and 1930s, such caps usually indicated the wearer was a mechanic.[1] It is also referred to as a Jughead hat, palookaville cap, devils cap, clubhouse hat, dink cap, rat cap, or Kingpin.

In popular culture[edit]

Television and film[edit]

Other media[edit]

  • Archie Comics character Jughead Jones wears this cap, which remains one of his trademarks even decades after it has gone out of style.
  • Harvey Comics character Melvin Wisenheimer, friend of Little Audrey, wears one.
  • The Encyclopedia Brown novels have the primary antagonist, Bugs Meany, don this cap.
  • They popped up in several popular songs of the day, including "The Whoopee Hat Brigade", which was recorded by many different bands.
  • In A. E. Hotchner's Memoir, especially King of the Hill, he refers to it as a 'feltie'. He made it from his father's old fedora, decorated it with buttons he collects and puts it on whenever he leaves the house.
  • One of the hats for Scout in Team Fortress 2 is a Whoopee Cap, decorated with fictional brands from the game.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jughead and Friends Digest Magazine. Archie Comic Publications, Inc. February 2008.