Mrs. Steinbacher was easy to spot, owing to an eruption of ostrich plumes and felted roses spewing from her head.
Welcome to Miriam’s world of hats. Hats were still big in the Edwardian era in more ways than one. This period covers the reign of England’s King Edward VII, from 1900 to 1910, and spills over to the start of World War I in 1914.
Edwardian hats for women were often wide, and high, and overflowing. The one shown in this picture is relatively tame, but I couldn’t resist showing it to you with its 1912 timestamp.
Ostrich feathers were so popular that a whole industry of ostrich farming thrived during this time. A headline in The New York Times from 1912 read: OSTRICH FEATHERS ONCE MORE IN WIDE USE. The article explained: “For hat trimming one plume, full and long, is considered sufficient, and in almost every instance the tip of the plume is placed toward the back of the hat, or resting at the back of the head.”
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