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Catalog Number 13137-3
Title Hat, Grey with Pink Rose, Goldstein-Chapman's
Object Name Hat
Description A dark grey hat from Goldstein-Chapman's. The hat has a brim covered in black velvet. The veil runs across on half of the hat, in the center of which is a pink rose with a bud on a pipe cleaner. Inside the hat, under the rose, is a clip, on the other side is an ivory tag with 'Goldstein-Chapmans's Omaha' in green embroidery.
Culture Ukrainian
Material fabric, thread, fake flower
Made Goldstein-Chapman's
Place of Origin USA: Nebraska (Douglas), Omaha
Used USA: Nebraska (Platte), Columbus
Height (in) 4
Length (in) 10
Width (in) 10.75
People Behlen, Ruby (Cummings)
Search Terms Goldstein-Chapman's
Other Name Hat, Women's
History Hat worn by Ruby Behlen of Columbus, Nebraska.

Ruby was born in Woodville (Platte County), Nebraska in 1913. She graduated from St. Edward High School in 1930 and attended cosmetology school in Fremont. She married Walt Behlen (founder of Behlen Manufacturing Company) in 1940 and they had two children, Mary Ann and Kent.

Behlen Manufacturing was best known for its frameless steel building system. The deeply corrugated steel panels could be assembled to form a load-bearing shell without a supporting frame. Only two tools were required for assembly, a screwdriver and a wrench. It was marketed primarily for agricultural and industrial uses however, Behlen advocated its versatility for housing any activity or business.

In 1958 the Behlens had a modern home built in Columbus that showcased Behlen corregated steel panels as well as the finest materials. The 8,500 square foot home was designed for entertaining. Complementing the industrial steel were rich materials such as Burmese teak, Mount Shukson granite, and hand carved Chinese screens.
Credit line Gift of Walter and Ruby Behlen Estate