Men's and Women's Hats

The single most popular fashion accessory for men and women used to be the hat - practical or decorative!
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Etiquette used to dictate that it would be "a disgrace to venture out of the house without a hat and gloves" and it was not unusual at the turn of the 20th century for both men and women to change their hats several times a day, dependent on what they were doing. Even up to the middle of the 1900's, a women would lift her spirits by buying a new hat - serving much the same function as a new pair of shoes today. After all, our dress - or suit - size would fluctuate but the size of our heads remained the same!

While the baseball hat is the most ubiquitous fashion today - although sun hats, due to the need for protection, are becoming more popular - hat fashion was wide and varied in the past. In the 1800's, straw hats - decorated with feathers and ribbons - were the most popular. While covering the face and giving sun protection, straw hats also provided the base for a veil and a bavolette - a ribbon at the back that protected the neck. A woman's neck was considered an erogenous zone! However, after parasols became popular in the mid 1800's hats became more decorative since they didn't need to provide sun protection. "Spoon bonnets" - named for their shallow shape - could be decorated with flowers and fanchons - small triangles of straw or silk - were fastened with wide ribbons under the chin. And as the century wore on, fanciful names and styles became popular - Glengarry highland caps, circular pork pie hats, "3-story" or ‘flowerpots" covering tall hair, "Boaters" and "Trilbys" copied from men's fashion . . . the styles were endless.

Beginning in the 20th century, when women's dressing was based on the "S" shape, hats were designed to complete the look. Toques and hats that cantilevered over the head helped with this. But as time wore on, hats became more decorative - leading to larger brims (such as cowboy hats) and hatpins. Besides, hatpins were a good defense for women of this period! Then came the cloche, fedoras - again, borrowing from men's styles - the "doll" hat, turbans, the resurgence of the halo hat, pancake or cartwheel hats, and the pill box hat - of Jackie Kennedy fame. Variously decorated with feathers and veils, all of these styles suited a variety of hairstyles and face shapes.

By the 1960's, a move to casual styles - as well as the Catholic Church no longer requiring the covering of the head in Mass - lead to the demise of hats as a fashion statement. But there are those men and women, even today, that enjoy a nice hat and understand that a hat can make an outfit. Enjoy these hats of the past - maybe you'll find inspiration for your own outfit!
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A photo of Nessie Wescott. Nessie was born 1880 in Brunswick, North Carolina, the daughter of Robert Melvin Wescott and Olivia Jane Leonard. Nessie married 1st Herbert Leonard Fowler and 2nd Max Hayman. Nessie died in 1963 in Los Angeles. Nessie is the 1st cousin of Myrtie (Leonard) Carter, also on Ancient Faces.
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of David B. DUNKEL of Shamokin, PA which was taken on 12 Apr 1899 at the M. Thomas Studio in Shamokin, PA. In addition to his name, some has also written "Clay's Father" on the front of the photograph. I would guess that David was in his 40's at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding David and his family: David B. DUNKEL or DUNKLE was b. 1857 or 1858 in Ohio to parents Samson John DUNKLE (b. 1827) and Elizabeth STEWART (b. 1825). David was one of six children born to this couple including, David B.; Lizzie; Harriet; Mary Levina; John H.; and Richard G. DUNKLE, all born between 1857 and 1866. David married Rebecca J. DUNKLE (b. 1862) and together the couple had four children including, Alta or Atta E.; Boyd S.; Roy S.; and Clay H. DUNKLE, all born between 1886 and 1891 in Pennsylvania. Census records provide the following details: 1870 census of Lock Haven, PA: Simon DUNKLE, age 45, a Coal Dealer, born PA Elizabeth DUNKLE, age 35, born PA David DUNKLE, age 15, born OH Lizzie DUNKLE, age 12, born OH Mary DUNKLE, age 9, born OH William DUNKLE, age 3, born PA 1880 census of Williamsport, PA: S. J. DUNKLE, age 55, a Lumber Dealer, born PA, parents born PA Elizabeth DUNKLE, wife, age 46, Keeping House, born OH, parents born PA David B. DUNKLE, son, age 23, a Laborer, born OH Lizzie DUNKLE, dau, age 21, born OH Mary DUNKLE, dau, age 18, born OH William DUNKLE, son, age 12, born PA Elizabeth DUNKLE, mother, age 82, born PA, parents born PA/NJ Sophia C. DUNKLE, sister, age 45, born OH, parents born PA 1900 census of Williamsport, PA: David B. DUNKEL, age 43, born Jan 1857, married 16 years, born OH, parents born PA/OH, an Iron Dealer Rebecca J. DUNKEL, wife, age 37, born Apr 1863, married 16 years, 4 children/4 living, born PA, parents born Ireland Alta E. DUNKEL, dau, age 14, born Aug 1885, born PA, at School Boyd S. DUNKEL, son, age 12, born Oct 1887, born PA, at School Henry C. DUNKEL, son, age 9, born Mar 1891, born PA, at School Roy s. DUNKEL, son, age 4, born May 1896, born PA 1910 census of Williamsport, PA: David B. DUNKLE, age 52, married 26 years, born OH, parents born PA, a Coal Retail Merchant Rebecca J. DUNKLE, wife, age 48, married 26 years, 4 children/4 living, born PA, parents born Ireland Alta E. DUNKLE, dau, age 24, born PA, a Dairy Store Clerk Boyd S. DUNKLE, son, age 23, born PA, a Steel Mill Laborer Clay H. DUNKLE, son, age 19, born PA Roy S. DUNKLE, son, age 12, born PA 1920 census of Williamsport, PA: David DUNKLE, age 65, born OH, parents born PA, a Coal and Coke Wholesaler Rebecca DUNKLE, wife, age 57, born PA, parents born Ireland Henry C. DUNKLE, son, age 28, born PA, a Coal and Coke Wholesaler Roy S. DUNKLE, son, age 22, born PA, a Pugilist I’m hoping to locate someone from this DUNKLE or DUNKEL Family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Marguerite ROSENOW MITLER which was taken at the Ed Schultze Studio in Heidelberg, Germany. The photograph appears to have been taken in the early 1900's with Marguerite likely in her teens or 20's at the time it was taken. In addition to her name, she has written "To Florence with Marguerite's Love" and "Now Mrs. Earnest MITLER of NY" on the back of the photograph. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Marguerite and her family: Marguerite ROSENOW was b. 5 Feb 1886 in Walla Walla, WA to parents Albert ROSENOW and Celia DUSENBERY. Marguerite married Herbert Ernest MITLER (b. 1885 in Peoria, IL to parents Sigmund O. MITLER and Ernestine STERNBERG) on 14 Oct 1911 in Manhattan, NY. and had a son, Ernest Albert MITLER (1916-2002). Census records provide the following details: 1900 census of Peoria, IL: Max ROSENOW, age 53, born Nov 1846, married 24 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1889, a Cooperage Manufacturer Ulla ROSENOW, wife, age 43, born Mar 1855, married 24 years, 3 children/3 living, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1889 Herbert ROSENOW, son, age 21, born Jul 1878, born Germany, to USA 1889, Clothier House Malvila E. ROSENOW, dau, age 18, born May 1882, born Germany, to USA 1889, at School Albert ROSENOW, brother, age 45, born Mar 1854, married 16 years, born Germany, to USA 1884, a Physician Rebecca ROSENOW, sister-in-law, age 34, born Dec 1865, married 16 years, 2 children/2 living, born WA, parents born Germany Margarite ROSENOW, niece, age 15, born May 1885, born WA, at School Melville F. ROSENOW, nephew, age 12, born Jul 1887, born WA, at School + 1 Servant 1910 census of Manhattan, NY: Albert ROSENOW, age 55, married 26 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1886, Own Income Celia ROSENOW, wife, age 46, married 26 years, 2 children/2 living, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1865 Marguerite ROSENOW, dau, age 25, born WA Melville ROSENOW, son, age 22, born WA, a Stage Actor + 1 Servant 1920 census of Manhattan, NY: Herbert E. MITLER, age 34 Marguerite MITLER, wife, age 33 Earnest MITLER, son, age 3 1940 census of New York, NY: Herbert MITLER, age 50, born IL, a Building Engineer Margaret MITLER, wife, age 48, born WA Ernest MITLER, son, age 22, born NY Constance MITLER, dau, age 19, born NY + 2 Servants I am hoping to locate someone from Marguerite’s family so that the photograph can be returned to the care of her family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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Fred Crain was born in December 1887 and died in August 1971. He lived in Pine Bluff Arkansas most of his life. He had three daughters, Freddie, Eirdie and Mary Jane Crain. He was a school teacher in Arkansas and was married to Nancy Barnett. He also had a son, Maxwell Brown, from his second marriage to Mollie Brown. Fred Crain was half Choctaw Indian and American Negro. He had 21 siblings. His youngest daughter, Mary Jane Hughes is still living in Jackson MS and is 95 years old as of 2017.
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A photo of a fan at the Kentucky Derby in 1963 - that's some hat!
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I've "rescued" an old photograph of Tilly ENGLISH which was taken at the Sim Mould Studio in Baraboo, WI sometime in the 1890's. Tilly appears to be in her teens or 20's at the time the photograph was taken. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding Tilly and her family: Tillie ENGLISH was b. Dec 1877 in Sauk Co. WI to parents William Thomas or Thomas William ENGLISH (1849-1922) and Irene EVANS (1854-1900). Tillie was one of 4 children born to this couple including, Tillie; Harry E.; Izer A.; and Irene V. ENGLISH, all born between 1877 and 1895. Tillie married Ashley Bassett POWELL (1856-1941). Records indicate that the couple had two children including, John W. and Silas D. POWELL born in 1898 and 1904 respectively, however, I don’t believe that Tillie married Ashley until after the 1920 census so I’m guessing that they were children from a previous marriage. Tillie died 16 Nov 1961 in Reedsburg, WI and is buried in the Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo, WI. Census records provide the following details: 1880 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 29, a Farmer, born VA, parents born VA Izro ENGLISH, wife, age 26, Keeping House, born WI, parents born PA Ellen ENGLISH, dau, age 2, born WI Henry D. EVANS, father-in-law, age 61, a Farmer, born PA, parents born MA + 1 Servant 1900 census of Baraboo, WI: T. W. ENGLISH, age 50, born Jun 1849, married 24 years, born VA, parents born VA, a Hardware Merchant Irene ENGLISH, wife, age 46, born Jan 1854, married 24 years, 3 children/3 living, born WI, parents born PA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 22, born Dec 1877, born WI Harry E. ENGLISH, son, age 19, born Oct 1880, born WI Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 5, born Apr 1895, born WI 1920 census of Baraboo, WI: Thomas W. ENGLISH, age 70, a widower, born VA, parents born VA Tillie ENGLISH, dau, age 42, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Nurse Irene V. ENGLISH, dau, age 24, born WI, parents born VA/WI, a Weaver I’m hoping to locate someone from Tillie’s family so that this wonderful old photograph can be returned to the care of her family. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me. Thanks, Shelley
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Nov 19, 1897 - Apr 16, 1981
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1860 - Mar 15, 1908
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Mar 27, 1911 - Dec 25, 1975
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Agnes and Jack (aka, John Cornelius Butler)
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Feb 11, 1890 - Mar 29, 1982
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This is my Grandmother Thelma St Clair Zell - not sure of her birth name because she was adopted from the Cleveland Protestant Orphan Asylum by Fred and Minnie Young Zell somewhere between 1910 and 1920- she always went by July 9, 1902 as her DOB. She was a beautiful and wonderful grandmother and an amazing cook. She married Harry Wilson Goss nickname (Khale). They lived in Youngstown Ohio I would like to know my grandmothers birth name if possible #ClevelandProtestantOrphanAsylum
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Apr 27, 1889 - Jul 28, 1953
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Nov 3, 1883 - Sep 20, 1940
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1883 - 1943
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Jan 28, 1878 - December 1953
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Daughter of Thomas Mathews and Bridget Connor. Born in Township of Ops, Victoria County, Ontario Canada Siblings: Mary Ann (Min); Ellen (Nellie) (m. Jim Noon); Catharine (Kate); Patrick Joseph (m. Catherine Ann Keelor); Thomas (m. Alice ?); Margaret (Maude). Agnes was the youngest child.
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Apr 7, 1884 - Feb 17, 1978
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Arnold Drummond with mother Myrta Moses Drummond
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1900 - 1972
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Written on the back: Heads up or there is going to be a fearful crash
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MAYBE - Iowa or Oregon. 1940s. Related to Twedt or Olson family.
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The tie length should be a clue as to the date of this picture. Other photos found with this one marked 1920s/1940s Iowa
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Johanna was only 9 when she and her father sadly perished during a grenade attack while going to the pharmacy on a bicycle to deliver medicine for her sick mother on November 6,1944
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Aug 15, 1935 - Nov 6, 1944
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1843 - 1895
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Dec 21, 1903 - October 1979
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This is a tintype photo that was in an album belonging to my Great-Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Gleaton) Glover Johnson. Mary's parents were Daniel Forest Gleaton and Rossie Ida (Thompson) Gleaton. The only name written underneath the photo was, "Rape." I do know that "Rape" is a surname and I believe this may be an older photo of N.F. Rape.
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Tin-type photo of Henry Rowell. This photo was in a collection of photos owned by my Great-Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Gleaton) Glover Johnson. Her parents were Daniel Forest Gleaton and Rossie Ida (Thompson) Gleaton. I do not know how or if he was related, or if he was just a friend.
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July 1884 - Unknown
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February 1891 - Unknown
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