Monday, January 11, 2010

Hat with Netting

One of the things that sometimes went with hats was a netting that came down over the woman's face. An example can be seen above. I think some of the old big hats were actually very attractive, but I never liked the face net. I would think that looking through the netting would be a distraction. This hat also appears to have bird feathers coming out the back. Overall, I will have to say I don't care for this hat too much.

22 comments:

  1. Boy, soem people thought the other lady looked unhappy.
    Yes this is an ugly hat.
    R

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  2. Very cool hat pin, though.

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  3. I'd look unhappy too if someone stuck me with a hat like that!

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  4. My sister and I grew up during the mid-1950s and early 1960s, when many women still wore hats and gloves whenever they went out.

    Our mother always wore fashion hats, and she had several big boxes on the shelf in her closet (my sister and I loved to look through them). Her hats were always custom made by a woman named “Sally” who had a hat shop in downtown Providence. I remember taking the bus and going there with her and being really bored while my mother discussed the details of her latest purchase for what seemed like an eternity.

    We have photos of her wearing several hats with the netting - but it only came down halfway over her face. I could never understand its purpose.

    I also recall that when I was about six years old or so, my mother signed up for an evening hat-making class at the local high school, she usually didn’t do that sort of stuff. I know she labored for weeks over some creation that I THINK had a bow and netting. I believe it was white and she wore it with a blue suit and white three-quarter length gloves. Somewhere in my dad’s house there’s a newspaper photo of her in that class - or showing of the finished product. I guess the local news photographer stopped in for a human interest shot.

    I’m going to try to find it.

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  5. This is not the greatest looking hat, but it's also not flattering to the subject.

    Nor is this a good photo of the subject.

    She might have been much better looking in real life.

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  6. Looks remarkably like my grandmother. And, at the time, she was not the only one who wore such stuff.

    As for the smiling, one of the reasons most of the older photos don't have a lot of smiles is that you had to sit still for quite a while and the fewer muscles that were flexed or tensed, the better. If you look closely at yesterday's photo, though, you can see un poquito curvature at the edges of the mouth, like she was used to smiling when not posing.

    I would think that if she Were unhappy about anything it would be the weight of the stone necklace she was wearing.

    The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and the near extinction of the Snowy Egret had a lot to do with the demise of feathered hats. That and, I would imagine, closed cars and other conveyances that impeded wearing big hats.

    Every day, I wake up to APOD, EPOD, NASAPOD, NGPOD, and OPOD. OPOD is the most stimulating (though, I must say, APOD is still my favorite. sorry PJM, but you're competing with the cosmos)

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  7. That's OK Mathan, APOD has been my homepage for 12+ years. :-)
    A small veil softens the features. It's very flattering. Not every picture shows that, but ladies would not wear them if they did not believe in the advantages.
    Also, back in the days when there was more road dust, cinders from steam trains, etc, netting or a veil had a real practical purpose to protect the eyes from flying grit.

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  8. Interesting. My mother was really beautiful, though. She didn't need to hide her features.

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  9. Mathan, may I also suggest Botany Photo of the Day at http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/

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  10. Ladies were not hiding their faces with veils because they wanted to hide their looks. (Although modesty was a very important virtue back then. Something we could use more of these days!) They were protecting and enhancing their looks. Look at this in the context of the times. It was also a time before makeup. Think about it.

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  11. Thank you for reminding me of APOD. I will check out the other PODS sometime, but APOD is indeed nice. Although it probably lacks a mystery galaxy contest (accompanied with sarcastic responses)...

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  12. Pana..999 and Mathan:
    So, what's the website for APOD?

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  13. APOD
    http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html

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  14. Doesn't this look a lot like 'Ma Joad' (Jane Darwell)? All gussied up, of course.

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  15. The netting kept the hat from flying away, and bugs off her face, riding in open carriages or cars.

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  16. Judi,

    Shorter URL for Apod: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

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  17. They had makeup back then. It's been around since the times of Ancient Egypt.

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  18. They had makeup back then. It's been around since the times of Ancient Egypt.

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  20. An older lady like the one portrayed in this picture would not wear makeup. Just because it's been around for centuries doesn't mean people have always used it, or considered it a good idea. Cosmetics like women use today (lipstick, eyemakeup, foundation goop, nail polish) really came into it's own in the 20's and 30's.

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  21. I think the netting was surpose to give an air of mystery - it also helped to disguise facial wrinkles. Well - maybe.

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