Johnny Appleseed was a real person who has been transformed into a folk legend. According to "Harper's Monthly," Johnny Appleseed, whose real name was John Chapman, lived in the early nineteenth century and spent much of his life wandering the Midwestern United States planting apple seeds. Today, he is remembered as an eccentric with a pot on his head, and is emulated by schoolchildren every Halloween.
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Tin Pot Hat
Johnny Appleseed supposedly wore a pot on his head, either because he couldn't afford a hat or because it was the easiest way to carry his cooking pot. For your own Johnny Appleseed look, make the pot a bit more comfortable and less likely to fall off by padding the inside of it with some scraps of cloth, taped in with duct tape like a hat band. Find an aluminium pot for lighter weight, with a big handle on it for maximum effect.
Johnny Appleseed is reported to have been a very frugal man who didn't worry too much about the condition of his clothing. You can emulate his look without spending much by simply finding some old clothing that has seen better days. An old pair of jeans with heavy wear and frayed cuffs, a flannel shirt that has lost its shape, and a piece of rope for a belt will convey the Johnny Appleseed look very effectively.
Apple Seed Bag
You won't look like Johnny Appleseed unless you have a bag full of apple seeds. Make a classic looking bag out of burlap with a long strap that goes over one shoulder. You may have trouble finding a huge pile of apple seeds, so you can substitute sunflower seeds or something similar instead. Give the bag added emphasis by writing "seeds" on the outside of it, or putting a picture of an apple or a tree on it.
One folk legend about Johnny Appleseed is that he was so neglectful of his clothing that he would sometimes wear shoes that didn't match. This can be easily accomplished in your costume by finding two different shoes. Don't use modern shoes like white sneakers or it will ruin the nineteenth-century effect. Find two different styles of dress shoes, preferably worn and beat up, or one work boot and one low shoe.
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