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The Merry Widow Hat – Los Angeles Herald – 1908,

The Merry Widow Hat - Los Angeles Herald  March 22, 1908,


The Merry Widow Hat was made popular by Lucile, (Lucy, Lady Duff Gordon) who designed it for Lily Elsie its size was the source of much amusement and in many cases ridicule as can be seen in the article from the Los Angeles Herald, 22nd March 1908.


June 18, 2015 - Posted by | Social History, The Merry Widow, Uncategorized | , , , ,


  1. Hahahaha! Excellent biting article!

    Comment by bowlersandhighcollars | June 18, 2015 | Reply

    • I have several more but I haven’t had time to put it all together yet

      Comment by summertime75 | June 18, 2015 | Reply

  2. Why does this still make me long for those hats? Just can’t help it. Sorry 😉

    Comment by Hedda Gabler | June 19, 2015 | Reply

    • Probably because despite the ridiculous size made by some milliners they had a style and elegance that some of the modern “silly” hats just don’t have

      Comment by summertime75 | June 19, 2015 | Reply

  3. […] a funny article from 1908 on the ‘Merry Widow Hat’ trend that swept the nation. It’s worth […]

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