V71: Hats of the 19teens – Choices, Choices

Today I am researching hats 1850 through 1960s, in preparation for a presentation next week at the Churchill County Museum.  I am camped out at Starbucks, raiding all of The Dreamstress’ pinboards, and drooling over many a fine chapeau.

This just serves to remind me that I don’t have a proper hat for the Titanic Tea coming up April 14th.  The tea shoppe we’re invading is rather a small space, so I should probably steerage-clear of a ginormous Merry Widow, and go for a smaller profile.

So in the spirit of inspiration, here are some 19teens hat of the smaller variety…

1908-1912.  Okay, it’s not that small…but it’s not HUGE either…is it?
Mrs. John B. Trevor, ca. 1914, photographer’s wife. Autochrome
Emily Winthrop, ca. 1910 Autochrome by John Bond Trevor Sr.


Now just figuring out how to construct these… but that’s the fun part!


  • MD Smith

    March 12, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    The most important thing to remember about all millinery fashions is to look at the dresses/suits they were worn with and WHERE they were worn.

    Size doesn't matter, really. Queen Mary (the current Queen Elizabeth's grandmother) was famous for her "toques", like Mrs. Trevor is wearing. One can make them out of any fabric/trim and they are appropriate for any occasion (including a Royal funeral – refer to the famous pic of Queens Mary, Elizabeth the Queen Mother, and Elizabeth II at George VI's funeral).

    Hope this helps.

  • Missy Hayes

    March 12, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    Wow! Those Autochromes are absolutely stunning! The photograph of Mrs. Winthrop in a fur hat and dark dress accented with a lacy collar is my favorite. Look at how those red beads pop! Autochromes are such a valuable resource. If they were black and white, I would have never guessed her necklace was such a bright color.


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