is also the name for a skullcap (a tight-fitting,
brimless hat) worn by schoolchildren in
the early to mid-20th century. The "crown"
that Jughead Jones wears in Archie Comics
is a form of beanie, as is a cap often worn
by Spanky of Our Gang (The Little Rascals)
These were also known as "whoopee caps"
and "dinks." Since then, the name "beanie"
has come almost exclusively to mean a child's
hat that has a plastic
propeller sticking out of the crown.
Originally, the beanie was a blue-collar
working hat, worn by laborers like welders
or mechanics who needed to keep their hair
back but for whom a brim would be an unnecessary
obstruction. Some hat historians believe
schoolchildren began wearing skullcaps in
imitation of their working-class fathers.
evolved from this kind of beanie, with the
addition of a brim to block the sun.
The name "beanie" probably
comes from the early-20th century slang
term "bean," meaning "head."