Celebrating International Women's Day
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Who’s Your Inspiration on International Women’s Day?

In honor of International Women's Day I take a moment to remember my grandmother Madge Beals Meredith. Naming my online shop #MadgesHatboxVintage, was loving nod to her years as a #milliner. Then a chance remark by my aunt sent me on a yearlong journey in search of a hat shop my grandmother opened i...

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The Loss of Shirley Temple and the Little Girl Dress
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Mourning Shirley Temple
and the Loss of the Little Girl Dress

Mourning Shirley Temple and the Loss of the Little Girl Dress

Out for a walk, Madge ran into a next-door neighbor dressed in skinny jeans tucked into tall black leather boots.  Her long nubby sweater was capped off with a wool scarf, knotted just so.  She was so in style.  She was . . . in second...

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Chanute, Kansas
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Finding Madge – Chanute, Kansas

Finding Madge - Chanute Kansas

For those of you following along in the journey for information about grandmother Madge's career as a milliner, you might remember a previous post which including a letter from Mrs. Margaret Steely in Chanute, Kansas.   That letter was one of the first clues I had a...

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