The Greek American Progressive Association was founded in December of 1923 to assist immigrants and their families. Its aims were similar to that of the AHEPA, but GAPA had a bigger emphasis on Greek language, culture, and religion. At one time, the group had over twenty five thousand members.
This “fez” is another that breaks the rules we generally follow. The construction of the hat is most definitely a blue fez that has been creased in the middle and sewn together. On the front of the hat is an arm holding a lightning bolt in a metallic disc, the symbol of GAPA. Also, the letters GAPA appear above the emblem in bullion. On the side of the fez is a piece of ribbon, sewn on, in the colors red, white, and blue. Our estimates date this piece to the 1920’s.
This fez was a donation from the fine folks at the Cambridge Massachusetts Masonic Temple. This museum has worked with them in the past on identifying objects and dating items. We very much appreciate their assistance in obtaining this fez.