Friday, January 15, 2010

Fur and Feathers

Today we present the feast de resistance; a lovely feather hat complimented with a fur stole. The picture was taken in 1921.

Sometimes I wonder why you all keep looking at this blog. I think it might be a little bit like a car accident on the highway. You really don't want to look, but just can't quite help yourself.


  1. Now she fits the 20's poem:

    My candle burns at both ends
    It will not last the night;
    But ah, my foes, and oh, my friends -
    It gives a lovely light.

    Edna St. Vincent Millay

  2. hahaha can't please everyone, i really enjoy this blog.

  3. Thanks PJM for a really fun week of hat photos.

    This morning I went through all my old family photos looking for those with hats. There were lots of really nice hats and some odd looking ones too!

    My great grandmother, who came to the United States from Cramlington, England in 1888, always wore a hat and gloves when going to a social event. Tradition passed down and I always loved shopping with my mother and grandmother for that perfect hat.

    I remember the large fancy hat boxes great grandma would pull off shelves in her closet.

    I was always so excited when she took the hats (all shapes, sizes, with/out feathers etc.) out of the box and put them on my tiny head.

    My grandmother had a fox stole and she wore it with pride. She look beautiful in it too.

    What wonderful memories your photos brought back! Thanks again.

  4. Ummm...
    I have a hat made from a skunk (little glass eyes and all) and the last place I wore it was to "Der Rosenkavilier" because you're supposed to wear furs to the opera. right?

  5. I'm here because I really enjoy the commentary, the comments, and the pictures. What can I say - you are doing a great job and I appreciate it.

  6. Love the photo.

    Sometimes it seems to me that there was only one woman photographed throughout all the 1920s. They all look so much alike.

  7. Yes, but when we do look, the vision is usually one of loveliness and not horror, footed furs or not.

    I have posted on my blog, due to your inspiration, the only photo I have of a relative in 1912 donning a flamboyantly fashionable hat with only a tiny wisp of feather.

    Thanks for a most enjoyable blog!

  8. I love your blog, and all the humor! Thanks for all the hard work. I am sure your followers and fans (even your arch rival Nate) appreciate you.

  9. I'd love to have an outfit like that. Very nice!
    Anon - I'd love to see a picture of that skunk hat.

  10. +JMJ+
    Actually, after all the bad economic/earthquake/just regular news, your site is a welcome refresher and always brings a smile--whether the photos or hearing about Smilin' Jack.
    Have a great weekend!

  11. Elise
    I think you should look at more photos from the 20's. Watch silent movie Sunday nights on Turner Classic Movies.

  12. Love your site. I remember playing with my great grandmother's fox wrap. Had the head and leggs and tail....That was the height of fashion in the 20s. Keep them coming.....

  13. Although I would never wear fur myself, and I'd be appalled at a hat with a stuffed bird on it, I know that at one time, people did wear that sort of thing and I can enjoy the photos, knowing that was the fashion in those days.

    Keep up the good work,PJM, I love old photos and your site is great!

  14. I keep coming back for the wit and humor. And the awesome photos!

  15. Way back when nobody ever thought that those birds would be gone, seems a shame to be given a hard time for showing pictures of things that are not PC today on a blog about old photos. This was completely normal at the time for those who could afford it. Some day we'll be disparaged for wearing plastic I don;t doubt.

  16. To JLM
    That is the EVIL arch rival NATE

  17. The subject in this photo is beautiful as is her outfit.

    I love this blog and everyone on it.

  18. I do appreciate PJM. He runs a swell blog!

  19. The Evil Nate Maas will get his in the morning.

    ha ha ha! (evil laugh)

  20. Since I'll be in Chicago on Saturday and unable to participate in the contest, I'm going to give you my best guess right now....I'm guessing the Mystery Person is none other than John Batterson Stetson, inventor of the cowboy hat. Am I right? Did you let Mrs. PJM choose the Mystery Person? Stetson would be a nice combination of inventors week and hat week, don't you think?

  21. Heather:

    good guess!!

  22. I just discovered your blog and I love it!

    And I'm a vegetarian. We can't hold people in the past responsible for what we understand today.