The History of the Hard hat as it turns 100
It’s hard to think of construction workers without hard hats, but the ubiquitous headgear wasn’t always a staple on the jobsite.
The course of construction changed in 1919 when the “Hard Boiled” hat was introduced. It was invented by E.W. Bullard, who based the design on the doughboy helmet he wore in World War I. When he returned from the war, he rejoined his family’s company, named Bullard for his father, Edward Dickinson Bullard, who founded the company in 1898 in San Francisco.