Our Favorite Spring Hat Prints
Imagine a time when women (and men) wouldn't dream of appearing in public without a hat perched perkily on their head? In an age of hoodies and ball caps, highly-decorated headgear seems so, well, 1923...
Hat-wearing was at its peak from the late 19th century until the end of the 1920s, when the practice began to decline. It's hard to pinpoint one sole reason, but the rise of the private automobile was one of them. Esquire magazine theorizes that the most popular cause is "the rise of closed cars and other transportation. As covered cars became more popular, the necessity for a hat diminished."
"A woman's place in public is to sit beside her husband, be silent, and be sure her hat is on straight."
- Bess Truman
The decline of the hat did not go over well in some quarters in the late 1940s: In England there were even reports of people who dared to walk bare-headed in hat-making towns (such as Denton and Stockport near Manchester) being abused by factory workers who saw their livelihoods being threatened!
But we digress...
Our favorite hat prints from Saltwater Vintage & Uncommon Prints