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Online Auction #259B Multiple Estate Liquidation Broadview Hts, OH (Closed #39324130)

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Original BARNABY (Linn Sheldon) Straw Hat

  Lot # 5
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Here's another one of those rare items that come through our doors and we just can't wait to put on auction!

The family of Cleveland's beloved Linn Sheldon has asked us to auction off his original straw hat which he wore as the iconic character "Barnaby" on his incredibly popular television show. We also have the Barnaby banjo listed in lot #13.

Linn Sheldon was a local radio and television personality in the Cleveland (OH) area for many years; although a capable professional comfortable on both sides of the camera and of the microphone, he was best known as the host of the children's show "Barnaby & Me" which ran on WKYC television from 1957 to 1990. After serving in the US Army during World War II, Sheldon returned to his home area and first appeared on Cleveland television in 1948. His character, "Barnaby", was an elf with pointy ears, with a straw hat and wearing tights who lived in the "Enchanted Forest" and showed cartoons to rapt audiences of children. He soon became so popular that the show was on seven days a week. He would end his shows with the catchphrase "If anybody calls, tell them Barnaby said hello. And tell them that I think you are the nicest person in the whole world. . . . Just you."

This original straw hat is presented in a handsome display case table and includes a pair of NBC Peacock hat pins. The hat has deteriorated over the years and the brim has broken apart in a few areas, as you can see in the photos. Despite it's flawed condition, this hat represents a time in Cleveland television history that many people will never forget. We're hoping that the winning bidder will cherish this one of a kind hat and proudly display it in their home or office for many years to come.


If you would like to see this item before you bid, we encourage you to stop by our resale store:
Transitional Design 601 Towpath Rd. Broadview Hts, OH 44147
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  • Condition Fair
  • Size Hat size 7-1/8
  • Location OFFICE
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  • Lot # 5
  • System ID # 39703782
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