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By Dana Merryday
Chronicle Columnist 

Hats off! Special exhibition on display at Cottage Grove Historical Museum


May 30, 2019

Photo provided/Cottage Grove Historical Society

Mary Vetch Mosby, Hat with Ostrich Plumes

Up until the late 1950s and early 60s, no self-respecting man would think about going out in public without a hat. I am not talking about the ubiquitous ball cap of today, but a real solid affair of felt such as a fedora, homburg, or trilby. If you look at a street scene photo from a hundred years ago there is scarcely a bare head visible. Even boys wore caps of various styles.

Women too liked to sport headgear. And while the societal pressure was not as heavy to cover one's head for the ladies, some of the hat creations that bloomed during the Edwardian times looked as though they would re...

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