Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sentimental Sunday - Women with Hats - A Bird in Hat is Worth What?

This week's Women with Hats photo is most likely a very early 1900's woman posing with her baby.  As the 19th century came to a close cabinet cards began to take on many shapes and sizes.  This particular cabinet card measures 4 x 8 1/4" and is called a panel card which became popular in the 1890's.  The scroll work you see around the photo was very common at the turn of the century.

In this photo both the subjects and the photographer are unidentified.  The woman is wearing a blouse and skirt that were quite common for the time.  Her hat is also very unusual - it is white with a large brim with dark trim and has a black bird that looks like it has just come in for a landing!  Perhaps this was the fashion, but it is the first one I have seen.  Her baby unfortunately moved and is a bit blurry.  Too bad we don't know who they are or have a location, it's such a great shot bird and all.


  1. That's just silly! Almost as odd as those fox stoles with the grinning dead fox.

  2. Poor bird. It seems that wearing stuffed birds in hats was the fashion for a while.


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