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Here’s to Dad on Fathers Day

Here’s to Dad on Fathers Day

on Jun 21, 2015

Here’s to Dad on Fathers Day Revisiting this post and adding some more photos. Happy Father’s Day to all the great guys out there.     As many of you know, this blog and my vintage shop on Etsy are dedicated to my maternal grandmother, Ora Madge Beals Meredith.   But today I am giving a shout out to my wonderful dad – Jim Hill whom I lost in...

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Miss Thelma’s Recipes

Miss Thelma’s Recipes

on Nov 17, 2014

Well Madge is 17 days in during National Blog Posting Month and so far so good, although this one got in just under the wire.   Miss Thelma’s Recipes   Regular readers know that MadgesHatbox is named in honor of my grandmother Madge Beals Meredith who was a milliner.  Little did I know, when I made that decision, an adventure was in store.  A chance...

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Madge Vintage Rocks The World!

Madge Vintage Rocks The World!

on May 21, 2014

Madge Vintage Rocks The World   It’s Official!   After 262 cities, 26 countries, 39 states, 200 pieces of jewelry, 100 hats and more, Madge is celebrating her 2nd birthday! Whew! Hang on just a sec, Madge needs to sit down and catch her breath. What an amazing tally if this gal does says so herself. From Abu Dhabi to Zurich, Alabama to Wyoming...

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Finding Madge in MississippiA Granddaughter’s Journey

Finding Madge in Mississippi
A Granddaughter’s Journey

on Feb 15, 2014

Madge in Mississippi Opening an Etsy shop to sell my vintage collection was a conscious act to de-clutter.  Naming the shop Madge’s Hatbox, after my grandmother, was loving nod to her years as a milliner.   Then a chance remark by my aunt sent me on a journey in search of a hat shop my grandmother opened in 1917. Madge in Mississippi. After securing funds for...

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Finding Madge – The End of the Road

Finding Madge – The End of the Road

on Jul 20, 2013

As the car eased out of the motel parking lot, a thought was nagging in the back of my brain. Was I wasting my time?  Any contemporaries of my grandmother were long gone. Maybe too much time had passed.   This whole quest had begun by happenstance.   Opening a shop to sell my vintage collection was a conscious act to declutter.  Naming the shop Madge’s Hatbox,...

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Finding Madge – Kemper County, Mississippi

Finding Madge – Kemper County, Mississippi

on Jun 17, 2013

Finding Madge – Kemper County, Mississippi With Miss Thelma’s canned goods safely tucked in the back seat, we headed off to the ‘big city’ of DeKalb, county seat of Kemper County, Mississippi.   Our destination?  The Kemper County Historical Museum.   Miss Thelma put in a good word for us since the museum is only open by appointment, .   We were a bit...

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Finding Madge – Back to Mississippi

Finding Madge – Back to Mississippi

on May 10, 2013

Finding Madge – Back to Mississippi That spring Madge was back on the road. A social commitment in Dallas allowed a road trip through Mississippi. The plan: spend a couple of days in Scooba plus do some archival research in Jackson. It was finally time to try to put the pieces together on grandmother Madge’s Hat Shop in Scooba.   Base Camp was...

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