Ashland County Historical Society

Preserving the Heritage of Ashland County

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Mr. John

Milliner to the Stars

Mr. John was the milliner to the stars in the 1940s and 1950s when hatmakers were at the forefront of American fashion.
His six story, elegant main salon was located on 57th street in NYC. In its heyday his salon employed over 200 employees and made 16,000 hats per year.
Mr. John is most famous for designing all the hats for the epic movie; “Gone with the wind.” Famous and powerful women such as Jacqueline Kennedy Onases, Gloria Vanderbilt, Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, and Marilyn Monroe wore his styles.
Our Mr. John hat collection here at the museum is made up from donations from prominent Ashland ladies of the time and their families. They include Jane Bognaird, Eloise Noonan, Nancy Pauly, Elise Stull, Lois Eichelberger, and Margaret Mason-Strub.
Today a Mr. John hat is highly collectible and can range in value from $35 to $750 or more depending upon materials and condition.