Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hat with no Bird

As I have been going through all these early 1900's photographs of Women's hats, I have been surprised how many are richly ordained with bird feathers. So, I am happy to report that I found this example, which has no stuffed bird, or bird feathers on it. I was getting the impression that viewers were growing uncomfortable with all the birds sacrificed in the name of fashion. So, this picture should put everyone at ease.

17 comments:

  1. Who says PJM doesn't have a sense of humor?

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    OK, I'll take the bird hats!!

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  3. Now that's a well fed house cat!

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  4. I'm more disturbed by the dangling legs on her fox muff/thing (whatever it's called) than I ever was by the birds on the hats!

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  5. I'm with Tonia. Give me the bird hats
    Generally the feather came from proccessed bird, and were not killed just for their feather.

    Did any one else see that artical about the the cat that some &%$*ing jerk super glued to a highway in Southern Minn. Not only did they glue the cats paws to the pavement, but also its nose.
    It happened on Dec. 18th

    You want to talk about being cruel to animals. For the life of me I don't understand how a person can even make themself do something like that.
    R

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  6. these are even better!!!
    be careful what you wish for!

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  7. Those furs sure look warm. I have fur piece made of four weasels complete with little dangly feet and tails and black glass eyes. It was my grandmothers. It's very warm and a rich reddish brown color.

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  8. I was a bit saddened by the paws too. It wasn't considered distasteful to have a fur until relatively recently. Just consider the number of beavers "sacrificed" for hats in the 18th and 19th centuries though. I'll take the birds, lol.

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  9. Ah, but we nearly wiped out the egrets in Florida putting a "bird on Nellie's hat". And no, they weren't processed birds; the parents were taken from the nest for the feathers and the young left to starve. The adult birds would stick around to defend their nests, making them easy prey for hunters.

    Human beings tend to be a destructive lot, I'm afraid.

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  10. To paraphrase a soft drink advertisment, "The paws that depresses."

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  11. Although I am not opposed to wearing fur and leather, I must say that I find the dangling fox feet and tail to be far more distasteful and overwhelming than a having a stuffed bird on one’s hat.

    For some reason, that was the fashion all the way through the 1950s and early 1960s. My mother had a some sort of a mink stole (or wrap), that she could throw on over a jacket or a suit. It went around the shoulders or the collar. The pelts were sewn together and they had the little feet and the heads dangling. I always thought it was awful, but she treasured it and always wore it when she got dressed up.

    I have a couple of fur coats myself, but they don’t have dangling feet. They’re very warm.

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  12. The dangling feet don't bother me. It's a minor details when someone is wearing an entire dead animal. I don't have a problem wearing fur either. I bought a couple furs from the local feed & fuel complete with dangling feet and tails and made a fur piece. It's strictly functional to keep me warm when I'm outdoors in cold weather. It looks very nice from the shoulders up. Since I usually wear it with a heavy shirt, jeans and boots,the ensemble is eccentric to say the least, but it keeps the neuralgia at bay.
    But the funky outfit that works on the homestead should not be seen in public, like these folks illustrate:
    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=8649
    http://www.peopleofwalmart.com/?p=8522

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  13. Anon:

    I LOVE that Wal-Mart site!!!

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  14. I wonder how they justicified all of that killing?

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