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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Topper: 1914

Topper: 1914

New York circa 1914. "Mrs. E.S. Cavalli." Welcome to my humble chapeaux. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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Hat trimming contest

The Library of Congress identifies this as one of several of a hat-trimming contest.

Questions, questions

Looking at the HD, it occurs to me to wonder: has the print molded, or is the lady really that freckled? I'm inclined toward the latter, since her hair appears, as much as one can tell in the days of orthochromatic film, to be red.

[Yes, as orthochomatic emulsion is insensitive to red, it makes anything reddish appear darker, for example, freckles. - tterrace]

House of Hats?

Possibly as a result of being male, I find myself intrigued (and a little puzzled) by the setting here -- more so than by the array of headgear. The rear wall appears to be wood paneling, while the side wall is covered with paper, badly stained at the bottom as if it's been flooded a few times. The beautiful ornate chair seems completely out of character with the "table" next to it -- a wooden crate with an old blanket thrown over it!

Definitely spats

You can *just* see the strap end on the left shoe in front of the heel.

Pants or spats?

Is the lady wearing pants or are they spats peeping out from under her skirt?

Lace blouse

I love the lace blouse she is wearing, and the button-down skirt, too!


How I would love to have some of those hats today!!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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