A woman standing on a Church St. West wooden sidewalk, Colborne Details
In the early 20th century, women's hats knew almost no bounds of decorative treatment. The bigger the hat, the wider the brim and the longer the feather seemed to be the ideal fashion statement. Many of these photos likely date to 1900-1914, reflecting the prosperity of the times. This was the Edwardian period as recently represented in the popular series Downton Abbey. After the beginning of World War I in 1914, hats became practical items rather than aesthetic expressions of abundance and well-being.