The Glorious Age of the Hat

At the turn of the century, hats were quite the fashion statement. Men often wore fedoras, which could be year-round attire. These hats, which came into fashion in the late 19th century and never went back out of style, have been a favorite of gangsters, Orthodox Jews, and Prince Edward.  In later years, women wore fedoras too…

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Charles Dana Gibson and his Gibson Girls

The last two posts have been about Evelyn Nesbit, and although there’s at least one more to go, I want to take a slight detour and talk about the Gibson Girls! The Gibson Girls are the invention of Charles Dana Gibson, an American illustrator. His illustrations appeared in the 1890s, and by the turn of the…

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Evelyn Nesbit: A Star is Born

Florence Evelyn Nesbit was born on Christmas day in 1884, to Winfield and Evelyn Nesbit. At the time, the couple resided in Tarentum, Pennsylvania. Evelyn was their first child, and two years later a son followed, whom they named Howard. Winfield Scott Nesbit was a likable, unsuccessful man. He was educated and made a living as…

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