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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Fashionista: 1915

Fashionista: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elsie Walker." Whose fetching features are only enhanced by her chic chapeau. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

And for windy days...

just grab the handles.

No Ugh Veil!

And I call THIS one "Lace and Pond Scum." Like it? It makes me feel demure yet frisky.

Bull City Girl's Opinion

I showed this picture to my wife a few minutes ago. Her reaction: "It's beautiful." I concur. (Wouldn't you?)

Tango Tease

Wow, Dave! Given yesterday's sandbox scuffle that's a fine and funny caption. Let the games begin! And, since I generally use a historical costume filter when I look at these ladies and their garb, Miss Walker is all that you describe. Her machine-embroidered black silk "Spanish" veil with the heavy beaded tassels evokes the flirtation that middle class American women in the mid-teens were having with, well, flirtation. Thanks to Theda Bara and other movie vamps, and to dance crazes like the tango and the maxixe, even Nice Girls could amuse themselves by deploying smoky glances through seductive Latin veils. Yowza!

allie

I dare say, this woman had way too much time on her hands.

Equine Poise

Wow, my granddaddy used to say that his horse looked...

Just kidding. She's gorgeous!

(Disclaimer: This is a UL-certified Subjective Judgement, for which the management takes no responsibility.)

Someone said - - -

"Drop a net over her! And sure enough, they did.

Now...that's a hat...

The only thing missing from the top is the produce department. I have seen pictures of hats like these with all kinds of fruits and vegetables too!
She is quite attractive and doesn't need the hat at all to enhance her facial beauty.

The Inner Poet

All that I ask
Take off the Mask.

 
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