Sunday, January 10, 2010

Bird Hat

Today is Sunday, and we start a new week here at OPOD. This week we will be looking at Women's Hats. We kick things off with this fine example. It looks like the hat has incorporated into the design an actual bird prepared by a taxidermist. The picture was taken in the early 1900's.

Well we had a little fun yesterday with the mystery person. I was surprised that it took you all so long to get it. Firestone was one of the big names in the early 1900's, right up there with Ford and Edison. Anyway, I had thought it would be an easy one, and we would get it done, since I needed to get my taxes done. Well, the contest went on for most of the day, and I got nothing done on my taxes. So, it is off to get those done.

15 comments:

  1. Best wishes with your taxes. There are 3 weeks before I can do mine.

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    Fair Tax - it's not just a name.

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  2. She doesn't look very happy. Perhaps she was coerced into doing a bird imitation?

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  3. I cannot imagine ANYONE thinking they look good in that hat. She looks like she is about to take flight!!! Oh the whims of fashion....

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  4. Maybe it is a proud bird carrying a stuffed human.

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  5. Hat looks a little like one my Mom had in the late 30's and 40's. Hers was a quail body with the head erect and the wings swept to each side forming a pillbox-type hat. Tail feathers were swept right and slightly down the back.

    She was quite proud that she had it and wore it at very opportunity. Today, she probably would be shuned by the animal guardians. Oh well, times change....and change

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  6. It's kinda neat the photographer used a back light to make the feathers, and her hair, glow. Pretty common today, but not so much in the 30's (?)

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  7. PJM I think that the guesses for the mystery person contest were given a backseat with contestants focusing more on the temperature. Or the cold has affected peoples thinking.
    Good luck on the taxes and keep up all your good work.

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  8. Does the SPCA know that no birds were sacrificed in the making of the hat?

    I guess back then the hat was considered to be haute couture.

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  9. I can't think why a person would think the lady was unhappy. She simply isn't smiling. She looks very beautiful in the fashion of the day. People didn't smile much in old pictures - haven't you noiticed that "peterm203"?

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  10. Must say I agree with Anon at 4:28. She is very pretty, and doesn't look unhappy.

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  11. What a beautiful portrait -- I don't care much for the hat but the woman is lovely.

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  12. I agree - she is very lovely as most young people have the annoying habit of being - however, I still think she does not look happy. And yes, I know the old photographs tended not to encourage jovial countenance on the part of the lucky photographees. But, I still think she looks unhappy - and lovely.

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  13. I don't care for the bird, but the hat is lovely as is the subject.

    It's funny how things people thought were tasteful in the past we consider awful today.

    People in the future will probably look at photos of us and laugh.

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  14. +JMJ+

    I want one!
    Cooool!

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  15. Tha Audubon Society was formed to stop the wholesale slaughter of birds for their plumage. The 1905 and 1908 shooting deaths of two Audubon game wardens, in Punta Gorda, Florida, sparked a national campaign to stop using bird feathers on hats.

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