Thursday, August 6, 2009

Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt

This picture was taken in 1901, and shows Edith Kermit Carow Roosevelt, wife of Teddy Roosevelt. You just don't see hats like that anymore. Dress is fairly ornate as well.

7 comments:

  1. I love those hats with an entire bird for the decoration. I wonder what they cost in today's dollars?

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  2. Her hat and boa are definitly a distraction from the beautiful detailing on the hem of her dress.

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  3. Yes, those hats are long gone.

    Wow, imagine if PETA was around then. She would have had a lot of bad publicity.

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  4. Nothing is new. There were conservation and Audobon types back then who were upset about birds on hats. I have a fascinating 1920's era Butterick sewing book (which I stole from my 7th grade home ec class) with instructions for making dozens of lovely finishing touches like that. Even the simplest looking dresses from the 20's had beautiful design features. I also have a pattern book to make reproduction Victorian & Edwardian wardrobe for dolls - including a fabulous Worth evening gown. It's very daunting!

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  5. Yes, I'm sure that's true. But it seems that we hear more about them today.

    Faster media.

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  6. Yes, the media and the protest class feed on each other. There really are more of the protesting type now. It's another sign that life is easier now: lots of spare time to protest, complain and be offended. Our small town had a Hawaiian Restaurant. A few days a week they roasted a lot of pork. If there was no sea breeze, smoke would drift across the highway past a commercial nursery. Very few homes in the vicinty. A person would drool just driving past. People complained about the "air pollution".
    I thought, if that was the worst problem in town, it must be a great place to live.

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  7. Anon:

    I totally agree with you.

    It seems that people today spend most of their time overreacting to every bit of negative garbage put out by the media or calling Dr. Phil every time they can't have their way.

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