The Sons of the Desert are a fan club devoted to the works of early comedians Laurel and Hardy. From their website:
“Sons of the Desert is devoted to keeping the lives and works of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy before the public, and to have a good time while doing it.”
“The group takes its name the organization that the comedians belong to in the 1933 film Sons of the Desert. In keeping with the tongue-in-cheek “desert” theme, each local chapter of the society is called a “tent,” and is named after a Laurel & Hardy film. Worldwide, there are well over 100 active tents, whose members meet regularly to enjoy Laurel & Hardy movies in an informal atmosphere.”
“It is important, I think, to realize that Sons of the Desert is not a fan club,” explained John McCabe, the team’s biographer, who founded the Sons in 1965. “The word ‘fan’ derives from ‘fanatic’ and I hope we are none of us that. I consider us ‘buffs,’ people having a connoisseur-like affection for Laurel & Hardy, and being discriminating in that affection, with fun as our goal and operative guide.”
The fez shown here is of modern make, probably during the 1990’s or early 2000’s. It is maroon, with a single rhinestone at the center of the design. It comes from the Tent in Sarasota, FL.