A bit of February Calendar Trivia for you. As for the history of Valentines Day...there is a plethora of information on the web...if you are interested. My interest for this post is not so much about Valentines Day as the iconic shape associated with February 14th...The HEART!!
From my collection of Hearts, my favorites are the 'Crocheted Heart Pin Cushions'. Vintage ones are rare finds and often pricey...the reason I decided to make them. That post...Feelin The Love features ones I've made. Three Roses post features a Vintage Crocheted Heart from my collection.
I should have bought this pin cushion instead of just taking a picture. I probably would have paid $28 had I paid more attention to The Pins. The seller tried to tell me how special they were on the tag...w/HAT Pins! Which brings me to the second 1903 item...HATS!
The hat itself was a shapeless, amorphous mass of tulle, smothered floral ribbon rosettes, and plumage draped in lace veils which gave an impression of the hat being a frothy mass...or mess. The secret to shaping the massive hat and keeping it on the head was...
...Pompadour Hair Frame Supports, a pompadour expert hairdresser/maid, a head of long, thick hair and Hatpins. The frames were used as a base for a woman's hair to be built up and smoothed over the base. Those with thinner, fine hair collected hair from their brush and used it for a filler.
The volume of the support contraptions gave the hats a firm structure to rest on. Even so Hatpins were essential to holding the pompadour frame in place.
"Hello, Minnie's Millinery & Salon"
Oh, yes, we have Pompadour Supports.
Certainly, we have a large selection of Frothy Red Hats.
An appointment for the Valentines Ball?
I have an opening on Saturday, February 14th at 9 in the morning.
How long? Depends on your hair and hat.
Thin you say. Biggest Red Hat in stock!
Fine, we will see you Saturday at 9....oh, and...
Bring a ditty bag lunch