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Donation of the Month

1960s Pillbox Hat
Donor: Grace Hill

There was a time when one, male or female, wouldn’t leave the house without putting on a hat. Now, you rarely see anyone wearing a hat; and if they are it’s a baseball cap. Hats were worn as a sign of modesty, status or for protection; and they were, at least for women, an important part of your wardrobe. Wearing a hat took some bit of responsibility as well, there were etiquette rules to follow.

The fashion of wearing a hat has come and gone through out the centuries. Hats are practical and used for protection or heat retention. Hats are also status symbols or fashion statements. In most cases, the hat completed the outfit and often the hair style incorporated the hat. Wearing a hat almost died out by the 1940s, but a revival in the 1960s, maintained by the distinctive pillbox style worn by First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, kept the fashion of hat wearing alive until the end of the 1960s. Today, people continue to wear hats for practical reasons, but not as fashion statements. However, casual hats such as baseball caps are often used as statement pieces.

Wearing a hat is not a last minute, grab as you run out the door, type of fashion accessory. It not only has to match your outfit, it has to match your activities. Hat etiquette must be followed. For a woman the rules for wearing a hat aren’t very complicated. You wear your hat at all times outside your home. Sounds pretty simple, but of course your activities and courtesy might dictate otherwise. For example, no large brimmed hats are to be worn to indoor parties, after dark, or if asked to remove while at a play, concert or the movie theater. The rules change slightly if the hat is a casual one such as a baseball cap. In this case, you remove the hat when the national anthem plays, and any other time the men around you remove their hats.

For men wearing a hat is not very complicated. A hat should be worn at any time outside the home unless, one is in a public elevator with a woman, attending an outdoor wedding or funeral procession, having your photograph taken, eating at a nice restaurant, or the national anthem is playing. This means your hat stays on your head when in public, in a hotel lobby, in the hotel hallway, or if seated at a lunch counter, coffee shop or bar. Then of course, you are to tip your hat to any woman you encounter, but never to another man unless you wish to insult him. If wearing a casual hat all of the above rules still apply.

Hats remain a part of the wardrobe ensemble, but only as a practical or casual player, often not matching the wearer’s outfit. Those who do wear a hat are generally unaware of the etiquette rules involved. Now that you have been enlightened the next time you wear a hat keep in the rules in mind.



More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Tyson Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
1933 World's Fair Objects
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items






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