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BOOK - Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
By Maureen A. Taylor
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2011

Softcover... 19.95 (C$)

Examining the hats, bonnets, and other toppers in pictures of one’s ancestors we can learn a surprising amount of information about the individual.

Maureen Taylor loves photographs. In this book, she turns her attention to bonnets, hats, toppers, and fascinators -- all the headwear that accessorized ancestral ensembles between 1840 and 1900.

Fanciful, frilly, and fascinating, women's hats made a fashion statement. There were hundreds of choices available each season. And they came with names like Leghorns, Gainsborough's, poke bonnets, and wide-awakes. Home factories produced trim and hats for milliners, while enterprising women raised small birds destined to be stuffed for hat adornments.

Men's hats could be utilitarian. Abraham Lincoln and the men of his gencration often carried papers in thcir stove pipe hats. Their dcsire for beaver hats led the animal to the brink of extinction.

Hats and bonnets matched outfits and activities. There were soft work caps for mcn and tall top hats for women who rode horses. Wide straw hats were common in the southern states, while in the North, hats made of felt or wool kept heads warm in the winter.

Using the dues in this book, you'll learn interesting tacts about your ancestors by studying their photos and the hats they wore fix portraits. By analyzing the styles in each decade, you can determine more about the lives of your relatives. Were they rich or poor? What season was it? Was their hat the current fashion or an old favorite?

Maureen Taylor explores the history of togues and top hats, bowlers, and bonnets to add another dimension to understanding your family photographs.

Contents include:
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Fun Facts about Hats
  • 1840-1850
  • 1850-1860
  • 1860-1870
  • 1870-1880
  • 1880-1890
  • 1890-1900
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Credits
  • Endnotes
About the author:
Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She studies photographic clues to tell the stories present in her clients' family pictures and albums. Maureen has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, and The Today Show. Maureen is the author of a number of books (including Preserving Your Family Photographs, Fashionable Folks Hairstyles 1840-1900, Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900) and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.

174 Pages
6 X 9"
Softcover (perfect-bound) Photos
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2011
ISBN 978-0-984-84500-2

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