Friday, April 6, 2012

Feathered Hat



This is an interesting picture. The dress is simple and elegant. Is that actually a bird mounted onto the hat? That is not something you see every day.

11 comments:

  1. That probably is a bird. Back in the day, people had no qualms about killing a bird and putting it on a hat. Egrets in Florida were nearly wiped out before laws were passed against it. People still glue "gems" on bugs and wear them as jewelry, and if I can say it without sounding like an evangelist for PETA, folks still wear fur coats. Leather items (purses, shoes, etc.) are made from the skins of animals used for food, but nobody eats mink.

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  2. A lot of people mistake fashion of the 1920s for something purposeful. Silly PJM, who would mount a bird onto their hat for style? It's actually a common mistake from people who do not understand technology in the past. You see, the horseless carriages of the 1920s had now received more powerful engines, allowing their drivers greater speed, but not yet improved steering. Many a driver, not used to the improved performance would smash through open air markets, plastering their wives with what would appear to be faux Egyptian or Chinese garments, but more likely just laundry or small animals trying to avoid being hit. This poor woman's husband clearly sped through a park and the unlucky pigeon smashed on her hat couldn't escape. You can tell she is not amused by her husband's driving. Neither is she particularly happy with his instance to capture the moment with this snapshot. This reckless driving continued until the great stock market crash when a driver careened through a large number of cattle. This unfortunate event led to women taking action and tying all their household goods to their old Model Ts (the extra weight sufficiently slowed the vehicles) leading to a great depression among the fun loving motorists.

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  3. This may be Elsie Ethrington great grandmother.

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  4. Nate, that explains it perfectly! LOL. This is the best hat of the week, I keep thinking that if she pulls on either dide of her necklace the wings will flap. Like you see those caps at the ballgame with the clapping hands mounted on them. Pull a string and the hands clap together.

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  5. sorry meant to say "either side"

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  6. Thanks, Nate for the history lesson. Perhaps you can explain the various hats of the Middle Ages, like a hennin.

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  7. I think it's a great hat!!! I also love the beautiful dress! Hope Miss EAM is getting better and stronger! Happy Easter!

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  8. I still admire the clarity of the photographs of those days. Wonderful lighting.

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  9. looks cool to me.. couldnt help commenting..

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