The Hats of Cramahe ca.1900
Women's Hat Fashions
Six unidentified women pose with the cannon, Victoria Park, Colborne
Six unidentified women pose with the cannon, Victoria Park, Colborne Details
Four women and a young boy posing outside
Four women and a young boy posing outside Details
A gathering of women
A gathering of women Details
Ladies participating in a nail driving competition, Colborne Fair
Ladies participating in a nail driving competition, Colborne Fair Details
Mrs. Peters
Mrs. Peters Details
A woman standing in front of a house
A woman standing in front of a house Details
Griffis family photo of a grandmother and baby
Griffis family photo of a grandmother and baby Details
Miss McTavish and an unidentified man
Miss McTavish and an unidentified man Details
A woman standing on a Church St. West wooden sidewalk, Colborne
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.
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