Wayzata, Minnesota

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sepia Saturday 108 : 14 January 2012

Welcome to Sepia Saturday

Classmates, or future soul-mates, playing beside the Balance Rock, at Bar Harbor, Mt. Desert Island, Maine.

It seems that Alan from

 is taking off our "hats"
so to speak
for hats!
and of course also featured in
 this still photo
is a lovely lass.

If you click on the photo featuring mostly a gigantic rock
you will notice the children are in
the most lovely of head gear.
They do look like little sailors don't they?

So venturing through other very important reasons for "hats" other than wearing on a bad hair day or desire to look pretty or keep your head toasty warm...... follow along........
Did you know that the famous hat making company Stetson actually manufactured Army hats?

Amazing, hard pressed at work and hardly a hat worn inside the Stetson factory.  Do you think they received a good discount on their own hat purchases?  - Courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. 1909-1920.

Which sombrero is your most favorite?
Hard to choose just one?!
1902, at least a thousand sombreros (hats) from a market in Mexico City.  - Courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

Is the hat we wear, or the suit, that makes the man a gentleman?

Or is it the way he speaks?

Just what was this photographer (seated on roof of car) really after in his shot of this man?

"Excuse me sir, may I take your picture?"

Did anyone mention safety?

The importance of being safe...... Safety Hat production line, June 1943 New Orleans, Louisiana at the Higgans Shipyards.
courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
and if you look closely, they weren't all alike....
It's so thrilling to search through the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. inside their Prints and Photographs department.  (Actually, what isn't interesting there?) It's a place everyone should tour. 
You can stumble across so many incredible people and places and accomplishments in such a short time. 

Meet Mrs. Lawrence Townsend (although, I wish women would have used their own name more)

I just think Mrs. Lawrence Townsend has the most interesting smile as she gazes at these ladies with their hats.

It's probably something one of these high class society women said.....
What's going

a bit more of a clue as to who Mrs. Townsend was...her first name is Annie and she married a very important man.....

In The Photo:   Mrs. Lawrence Townsend is at the Fourth Annual Rummage Sale of the Child Welfare Society as she trims discarded hats for the price of one year's milk supply for a Washington baby.
courtesy of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.
Pretty impressive what all "hats" can do, isn't it?
This post began with hats and a gigantic rock, so it's on the top of my list
to close
nearly the same way.

Meet another gigantic rock.

What is it called?  Well, Hat Rock of course.  At Rock Hat State Park in Oregon.
Perhaps, Alan and his dog, Amy will venture through these parts....on their trek to New York....


tony said...

The Rock At The Top Of Your Post Looks Dangerous!Those Kids Would Be Safer Wearing Hard-Hats!

Mama Zen said...

Fabulous pictures!

Postcardy said...

I don't know what the price of one year's milk supply now would be, but I think it would be a terribly high price for a discarded hat.

Little Nell said...

Brilliant! A circular tour of hats with interesting quotes thrown in as a bonus. All those sombreros ...somebody else (Colleen) beat you to first place with theirs, but now I feel a Mexican Hat Dance coming on! It’s one of those songs that goes round and round your head until somebody on Sepia Saturday does a post like this and out it pops unbidden. Good job you can’t hear me Karen!

Rob From Amersfoort said...

I wouldn't let my children (if I had any) play near that first rock ...

sage said...

Great photos and stories--I often wear a stetson in winter (I have two) and caps in summer!

Kristin said...

I would worry about that first rock coming unhinged and crushing someone, even though it's probably been there thousands of years.

Wendy said...

I love how your post came full circle. Well done!

Bob Scotney said...

To those worried about the rock in the first picture, gravity says that if it falls it will fall downhil away from the girls. Now where is its centre of gravity?
As for what makes a man a gentleman I was led to believe that manners maketh man.
Sombreros and safety hats protect against different things. But for fun the sombrero would win every time.

darlin said...

Karen you find extremely interesting photos to post, I like your hat theme today. I think that it's a pity hats aren't what they once were, I'd love to wear hats. Maybe I will, today anything goes anyways.

Have a great Sunday!

laurak/ForestWalkArt :) said...

as all the info and old pictures in your SEPIA posts!
(Balanced Rock...THAT sounds familiar! ha! LOVE Hat Rock too!!)

i think the guy on the car roof taking the picture...was up there because the photographer looks to be about HALF the height as the subject!!

Alan Burnett said...

And - yet again - I take my hat off to you. Whenever I read your blog-posts I find myself saying "I didn't know that". Definition of a good blog, that is.

Cloudia said...

*Clap Clap* What FUN!!!!!

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Galen Pearl said...

Great photos! I'm going to have to find out where Hat Rock is in Oregon, since I live here!

Nancy said...

I'm late looking at Sepia Saturday posts for last week.... The ladies in the photo with Mrs. Townsend look like they are very carefully examining the hats. And I wonder what Mrs. Townsend is thinking as she watches them. Interesting post.

Mike Brubaker said...

A fun mix. Hats seem to be making a limited comeback, as I've noticed lots of young guys sporting '50s -'60s fedoras that my grandfather would have worn. Though sadly they aren't made in America anymore.

Bruno Laliberté said...

I love that you came full circle.
Nice touch!!