A little over a month ago, I decided that I wanted a hat based on the original Oklahoma state flag. But there was a problem: no one made them. I contacted an embroidery shop and had a batch made. I had intended on selling them in the Plaza District or the Paseo, but then the tornadoes happened. My wife suggested that I sell them online and donate the profits to the Red Cross, so that is what I'm doing.
I always liked the look of the original Oklahoma state flag (a photo of which is below). It is simple and looks good. But, after World War I and the Red Scare, Oklahoma banned all red banners and World War I veterans claimed that the flag looked too much like Communist flags of that era. The state responded by commissioning designs for a new flag, leading to the one we all know now.
I am selling these hats for two different prices. If you live nearby and want to meet me to pick up the hat, it is $20. If I am mailing the hat, it is $30 (including shipping). All profits will go to the Red Cross. They cost me $10 and some change, so I'll donate $10 for every local hat sold and the remainder of $30 minus $10 and shipping for hats that are shipped.
The hats are FlexFit brand with "Cool & Dry" material. They are fitted (with elastic inner band) and fit heads between 6 3/4" and 7 1/2" (the size is Small/Medium). They were manufactured by OMD Embroidery (here in the U.S.A.). You can PayPal me the money at [redacted] or contact me via Facebook for more information.
Someone has asked if wearing these hats are illegal. Technically, they could be:
21 O.S. 374:
Any person in this state, who shall carry or cause to be carried, or publicly display any red flag or other emblem or banner, indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the Penitentiary of the State of Oklahoma for a term not exceeding ten (10) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($ 1,000.00) or by both such imprisonment and fine.
As you can see, it would be unconstitutional as hell to prosecute someone for violating this statute (what with that pesky First Amendment and all), and it would be very difficult to prosecute under these circumstances anyway. A prosecutor would have to prove that the hat was "indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma," which would not be the case. So, live a little. Take a risk, and help tornado relief.