Thursday, 12 January 2012

Hold On To Your Hats - Sepia Saturday

I have never understood why so many ladies are fascinated by them - but now I've discover that 'facination' is a collective noun for hats. It must be due to displays like this:

Many Hats - by Quadell
(Released under GNU Free Documentation Licence - CC-BY-SA 3.0)

But even I can see the attraction of hats like these:

Two Girls in Hats
Create by L Prang & Co (publisher) 1881-1897
(Boston Public Library - ex flickr - CC-BY 2.0)

In my experience hats take different forms and are there for a practical purpose even if the lady is only checking out whether there is garlic in the dishes prepared for a meal.

Chef in Cyprus
For many years in industry it was hard hats for all.

JFB Jackson and Sir Monty Finniston (centre) at APV Paramount, Billingham
My sideburns have just got in on the act!

On a less serious note some horns get in on the hat.

Not JR
And here's a hat once worn for a wedding, but the wearer is shy so you will have to make do with just the hat.

Wedding Hat
Fortunately Sally and Sam are not so shy.

Sally & Sam Scarecrow
These days I wear a cap to keep the sun out of my eyes or a bobble hat to keep my head warm when I am playing golf. There must be something wrong with this golfer however:

Ryder Cup Cap (2004) ; St Andrews Undergraduate Scarf (1950s)
Now it's time to take your hat off to the 'mad hatters' at Sepia Saturday

27 comments:

Kristin said...

Ha! Very good covering of the topic.

Karen S. said...

See Bob, I'm one of those women who have a fascination with hats! Maybe because when I grew up I always had hats when going away, and those white gloves....everywhere, really...but I don't wear them so much any more, they do mess with a woman's hair you know...but they opened a new Hat store in the Mall of America, but you go in there and the sales people only talk about the recent royal wedding...you remember that one right! You did a very impressive job here, and I'd seriously wear that wedding hat you pictured, possibly where no one knew me...but I'd buy it! Great hats off to you post!

Little Nell said...

I’m not a hat person myself (except to keep the sun off or at weddings), but this is a great selection. As ususal you’ve taken the theme and run with it in your own creative way. Well done.

Howard said...

Great fun! Not enough people wear proper hats these days and don't get me started on those horrible baseball caps...

Linda said...

I think the only hat I can pull off is a beret in winter and a wide brim sun hat in summer, but only at the beach. Fun take on the topic. I like that wedding hat with the fancy bow. Very 1960s.

Wendy said...

I'm not a hat person, but my sister looks great in a hat. I love the variety of hats you included in this amusing post.

Rob From Amersfoort said...

Interesting collection of hats! I wouldn't like to meet a real viking wearing those horns...

Kat Mortensen said...

Get out! Is it really the collective work for hats? How amazing!

I'm one of those people who loves hats. I'm not a shoe girl at all, just give me a nice hat!

Postcardy said...

There is a lot more current interest in hats than I realized before I started looking at millinery stuff this week. I always think of England as a hat place and the U.S. as a no hat place.

Christine H. said...

I love hats, but they invariable look bad on me. You have some fine examples here and I love your snowman.

Rosie said...

An outfit just isn't complete without a hat!!!

wuthering_alice said...

I often wish that we lived in the 1930s when no outfit- male or female- was complete without a hat. I'm a great hat fan myself and I love how you covered the topic!

tony said...

I Want A Cowboy Hat!!!!

Nancy said...

I'd like to hear more about the pink hat. What year did its owner wear it and did the hat match her dress/suit? Did she wear white or pink gloves and what color were her shoes. From my memory I can fish out hats similar to that one, but not the details of when or where. Thanks for sharing your photographic collection of hats.

Tattered and Lost said...

I'm also a person who looks very bad in hats, but as I've gotten older...well, just plain old, I now have the attitude of "whatever." I wear hats when I need to no matter how stupid I look. I've become one of "those" women.

Good reporting on hats.

Alan Burnett said...

Fascinating! What more can I say, other than perhaps Hat 'A Boy.

Martin said...

That's quite an array of headgear, Bob. I see that sideburns are making a comeback!

Bob Scotney said...

@Nancy - the year was 2002 when the daughter of our friends' got married in Germany. The dress matched, of course, but neither of us remember the shoes which do not appear in any photo of the event. Due to the recent deaths of both our friends I feel I cannot include photos which would answer your question

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

Growing up Catholic of course I had to wear a hat or head covering everytime I went to church. It was just a normal part of your wardrobe. I love to make my own. Just take an old basic and add things to it. But when The Boss said no more hats I was ready for that. Nice post. Well done.
QMM

Teresa Wilson Rogers said...

Now that was interesting representation of hats! I wish people still wore them, I have several but never get a chance.

Mike Brubaker said...

My hat's off to you, Bob for this one.

Pat transplanted to MN said...

I was here yesterday but I am retracing my steps because of Blogger's hiccuping causing me to vanish... tonite I am accessing through Google Chrome.. As I said yesterday, I love the rack with all those lovely colored hats. I have many hats but don't wear them...and I remember seeing that Longhorn hat guy sometime in the past..

whowerethey said...

Of course hats originally were practical means to keep us warm and over time they became more for fashion, then for nothing at all. What may I ask is a bobble hat?

Bob Scotney said...

@whowerethey; a bobble hat is the name given to a wollen hat, also called a beanie. At one time they had a pom-pom or bobble on top, hence the name.

TICKLEBEAR said...

Ah!!
The snowman steals the show!!!
:)~
HUGZ

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob .. love the collective name .. and aren't the pictures a great collection .. fun - thank you ..cheers Hilary

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Bob! Thanks for presenting us with such a wide variety of hats. I think the one with the horns is the most memorable, lol.

Happy SS,

Kathy M.