Monday, April 9, 2012

H is for...Hats


It is difficult to admit to a hoarding addiction.  I have seen the interventions.  No, no, I am not ready for television.  Airing my particular hoarding addiction is premature.

I prefer to call this “My Collection”. 

Hats.  There!  I said it!  I love hats from any era, any style.  It has been a life-long addiction, but dang it!  I cannot help myself. 

The letter H has been, is now, and forever will be for HATS.
Below are photos from family events or whatever.

Easter 1959--Mom in the back, Me in middle row, and then my little brother and sister in front

Great great grandfather, pre-Civil War

A very stylish woman in her college dress suit, fresh from a reunion

Left in Sunshine in a 1930s felt fedora; right is Bright Eyes in my new hat

My son-in-law wearing a black velvet 1960s hat, my daughter in a navy felt

Me in a 1950s veiled hat; my husband in an honest-to-goodness leopard skin pill box hat from 1940s

24 comments:

  1. Awesome. I love hats, too. And lucky for me, they usually look pretty good - it's an accessory that suits me. I think your daughter's is my favorite. That and the lady from the college reunion :0)

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  2. You can wear a hat girl!! Not everyone can.

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  3. Funny, getting this "H" the day after easter. When I was a girl, we always got new hats and dresses (and gloves, shoes and maybe even a purse) for Easter. Even when it wasn't Easter,we loved to go to the department store and try on hats with my mother.
    If you look at a photo from the 1930's or 1920's or even earlier, everyone will have hats on. Some of the young people today are wearing hats again, my son wears one everywhere. I really enjoyed your photos.

    Mimi Torchia Boothby Watercolors

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  4. Hi...I'm hopping over from the A to Z challenge. Lovely post...good luck with the challenge. I'm a new follower!

    Donna L Martin
    www.donasdays.blogspot.com

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  5. I always like hats but cannot wear them. For some reason I always look like some crazy character from a pantomime or something! Totally love that leopard skin number!

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    1. My grandmother was an excellent seamstress. She altered two fur coats for a wealthy lady. One was black bear and the other was leopard skin. She kept the leopard skin pieces left-over, and fashioned a pill box hat. I remember playing in her sewing room, hiding in the coats hanging in the closet. That was in the mid-1950s.
      Now it feels creepy to think about those fur coats.

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  6. Hats are so versatile! I feel ridiculous in most, but you wear them well!

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  7. Susan, I love this post. I collect hats, too! I wear them when I can. I buy old ones from vintage stores and flea markets. I buy new ones, too. I would love to be a Milliner if such a thing existed in this century.

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  8. As addictions go yours is very useful. You have saved such a lot of beautiful hats for the us to admire. That pill box hat is wonderful! But my favorite is the picture of your family and those pretty girls in their Sunday hats.

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  9. I love hats too but my head is too big for off the peg ones.My son used to get more lifts when he hitch-hiked wearing his father's top hat!

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  10. I' surprised those two little boys at the top evaded hats. The '50's pictures of my brothers incuded fedoras, which were passed down to a younger cousin. In the last picture of him with a hat, it sits on top of his head, too small. Hats are just OK; I'm expecting a shoe gem when you get to S.

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  11. Those are some lovely hats! You have a neat collection. I did my post on my collection for H too. :)

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  12. AWESOME pictures!! I'm a new follower from the AtoZ Challenge. Nice to meet you!

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  13. How splendid you all are in your interesting, stylish chapeaus. Hoarder no, fashionista yes!

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  14. Well there are far worse things to hoard and besides hats come in all shapes and sizes and you never know when you might need one. So Pat Hatt agrees with the hat..haha

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  15. So fun! I love hats, too. Today I'm visiting challenge blogs with good blog titles - and I liked yours. Cheers!

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  16. Ah Susan,
    I share your thrill of hats. Although, imagine my confusion when the guy looked at my car and send he needed to see under the 'bonnet'. Of course, the bonnet in Britain is the 'hood' of the car. Hang on, a hood is sort of a hat. Sorry, I'm rambling. I wear baseball caps and 'toques' over here in England. Get some strange looks. I'm assuming it has to do with the covering on my head.
    Susan, 'my hat's off to you', for this article :)

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  17. We have Easter photos just like yours from the 50's and early 60's! We always got the whole works for Easter!

    I love hats, but they look positively dorky on me. I don't know why. Well, some are ok, but they are not ones I'd wear in public! I can't wear baseball hats, which I would love to do.

    Great photos, every one!

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  18. Hats make me feel sassy, unique, fashionable, yet set-apart. Find one hat that makes you feel that way, and you'll wear it all the time.

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  19. Those hats in the first picture are adorable. Look at you and your sibs! i wish hats looked good on me, but I might just become a hat hoarder like you. It's bad enough I love jewelry, purses ,and scarves!

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  20. How fun! My dad collects hats; he has some really fantastic ones. Those fella's in those pictures are good sports!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse, co-host of the 2012 #atozchallenge! Twitter: @AprilA2Z

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  21. I love hats as well but cannot carry them off. They look marvellous on some and on others ... not. I fall into the second category. So I appreciate them on others instead.

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  22. I prefer 'collection' as well, there are so many adorable hats around...how many do you have in your collection and how do you store them?

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  23. Susan,
    Your hubby sure has style (and should I say, guts?). LOL.

    The Write Soil
    1st Writes

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!