PORTRAIT OF A WOMAN WEARING AN UNUSUAL HAT

This vintage real photo postcard features a woman wearing an unusual hat. I am thinking that the millinery designer of this hat designed it in the fog of a bad hangover, or perhaps the woman in the photograph wore the hat into the woods and exited with a branch stuck through her hat. In addition, the branch appears to be hosting one leaf and a caterpillar tent. The subject of this photograph is wearing a winter coat and a nice pursed smile. The AZO stamp box on the reverse of the postcard indicates that it was produced sometime between 1904 and 1918.  The identity of the hatted woman and the studio that took the photograph are unknown.

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  1. There must have been reasons for her attire including which seems to be a heavy Corduroy suit, question is, what is it? That is my take on this one.

  2. The top knob does indeed look like a caterpillar! My first thought is that it’s a court jester’s hat, and she was in some kind of amateur production. Like Campfire Girls or similar organization that encouraged girl troops to go all-out with theatrics.

  3. She makes me think of ‘Puck’ from Midsummer Night’s Dream … but what do I know?

    • I think you know a lot. Thanks for your thoughtful comments

  4. Indeed, this is one unusual hat! I’d like to add my hypothesis to the others–I think this hat has been “made over” by the wearer. It was a common practice among ladies in a much more frugal era, who were not so privileged as to be able to simply buy a new hat when a favorite chapeau became worn or slipped out of fashion. It looks as though this lady may have removed the brim from a straw-like, much larger hat. She was left with something resembling a “cloche” which was to be all the rage just a few years later. (Ahead of her time)? As to the trim, it looks to be a few “faux” leaves, and possibly that is a type of pompom on top. And I agree with Mr. Patterson above, she definitely sports a “Puckish” expression–with such a personality, I rather think she carries off that distinctive hat with a confident style all her own.


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