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 – quite possibly this trend began with Ingrid Bergman’s glamorous appearance in Casablanca.
In 1900, it was not unusual to see top hats, particularly amidst the more well-to-do. These days, top hats are mostly associated with Abraham Lincoln and Uncle Sam, but they were frequently worn as formal wear well into the 20th century. Top hats were also known as stovepipe hats.
On Valentine’s Day, 1907, Miss Lillian Moore of St. Louis received this rather salacious unsigned Valentine from a suitor.
At least, it seems salacious for a young Edwardian lady to receive. Wouldn’t the neighbors gossip?
I wonder if Miss Lillian Moore even knew who sent this Valentine? After all, there’s no message or signature. Perhaps she was the routine recipient of bold postcards.
(Oh, if I could transport myself back to 1907, I’m afraid I would still be behind the times!)
Separately, this 110-year-old Valentine has held up very well. I was delighted to find the glitter still in place! I hope that Lillian Moore did not toy with this young fellow’s heart. Few things are as romantic as a sparkly Valentine!
Here’s a cool photograph that was posted on Retronaut – which is a fab site, if you have never happened to check it out. This young lady was clearly a fashionista in her day – note the styled hair, frilly dress, and double-strand necklace.