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Birds of a Feather

It’s Day 23 of National Blog Posting Month and Madge is going to the birds.

Birds of a Feather

With Thanksgiving upon us, Madge’s thoughts turn to bird hats.  A fashion phenomenon that once was so popular it decimated several species of birds, these hats were all the rage in the late 19th to the early 20th century.

 

By the 1920s the use of real birds had greatly diminished due to bans in most countries including the United States.  After that bird hats continued to wax and wane in popularity but now made with either artificial birds or real feathers using domestic fowl such as roosters and pheasants.

 

Today these hats are highly prized by collectors.

 

The real deal 1980 – 1910

 

Birds of a feather
Madame Pauline, 1915. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Art Museum

 

 

Birds of a feather
Mlle. Louise, 1890, Courtesy of the Metropolitan Art Musuem

 

 

Birds of a feather
Evening Bonnet, 1880, courtesy of the Metropolitan Art Museum

 

 

Birds of a feather
Estelle Mérshon, 1910, courtesy of the Metropolitan Art Museum

 

 

Artificial Birds

 

Birds of a feather
Clover Lane, 1960s, photo from MadgesHatbox collection

 

 

Domestic feathers

 

Birds of a feather
1940s Roberta Bernays, black felt, rhinestones & hackle feathers. Available at MadgesHatbox.

 

 

Birds of a feather
Pheasant & Hackle Feather, 1950s. Available at MadgesHatbox

 

 

1950s Red, Blue & Black Feathered Breton. Available at MadgesHatbox.
1950s Red, Blue & Black Feathered Breton. Available at MadgesHatbox.

 

 

 

Blue and Silver Feathered Fedora, 1960s
Blue and Silver Feathered Fedora, 1960s, available at MadgesHatbox.

 

 

Birds of a feather
Hackle feather bucket hat, 1960s. Available at MadgesHatbox.

 

 

Birds of a feather
Andre Denis, Paris, 1960. Available at MadgesHatbox

 

 

Well, a cockle-a-doodle-doo and see you tomorrow.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Oh, Madge….I remember the hats near the bottom of your post. Catholic church on Sunday, the ladies wore hats. Us younger ladies were wearing chapel veils, but the ladies, they loved their hats. My aunties, they went to the local Y and took hat making lessons and yes, lo and behold, I remember those feathers fluttering all over the kitchen as the latest chapeaus were assembled! Thanks for bring back some great memories…

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