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." 


hat car

Also, early cars had low roofs which meant you couldn’t wear a hat while driving and "generally had no need to cover your head anyway, as personal transport often negated the need for headwear" to protect you from rain, snow, and the soot that often covered every surface in large cities.

Esquire: "The [male] hat suffered a serious decline after the end of World War II because it was an unwelcome reminder of the time people had spent in uniform. Men who had fought did not want to wear hats with civilian clothes after the war."
"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 

You can find these and other hat prints in our Vintage Women and Vintage Fashion collections.
















* Sources: Wikipedia + Esquire
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