52 Photos Week 11: Hats

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WikiTree profile: Space:52_Photos_Week_11_Hats
in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
We have a 1910 family wedding photo that we call "big hats". I hope I followed all the steps correctly so others can see it and maybe identify their Burgess, Ribbens, Hydon (bride) or Cockman (groom) forebears.
Did you ANSWER with the photo?

A Quark's Hat :

If Hats Could Chat 

Perchance They'd Chat 

Of Genealogy's Bald Skullduggery, 

Of Family Braineacks, Patchwork Thoughts, 

Cerebral Murmurs and Resonant Entrophic Wacks !

Of Cloche, Bowler, Stetson, Zucchetto, Beanie

Beret, Fedora, Kentucky Gardens and Cossack Caps !

Alas Our Spheres 

We Cover Dear

We Fashion Communicate

Without A Fear Of How We Look

We Sneer at Hat-less Aliens  

 A Saucer Wink 

For Upon the Heaven's Cosmic Curtain

With Congratulatory Certain

Our Invented Hats In Hand 

Our Creator Will Be Smiling !

Back From The Pearly Gate ! 

Under The Brim of a Perfect Hat !  

C'est Bon Magnifique !  



Wonderful, Jerry!
Absolutely Wonderful --- in its true meaning

55 Answers

+12 votes

Smaller white hats seemed to be the trend in this mid-50's wedding reception.  I don't know the people in here, but it was for a family wedding.

by Rob Neff G2G6 Mach 5 (57.4k points)
Somewhere I have a picture of my mother in a hat so like the one worn by the lady in blue.
Mine, too!
+12 votes

My grandfather and his two older brothers at their house in Brooklyn about 1915. The little fellow missing teeth in the foreground is unidentified, but I think his expression is priceless. Tom, in the middle, may have already been working as a pen maker in a fountain pen shop by then, hence the fancy clothing. Jack (on the left) later joined the pen shop, but eventually became a NYC police officer. My grandfather (on the right) signed up for WW1 at age 16 (lied about his age as he was tall enough to be convincing), he married on his 21st birthday, became a carpenter, police officer and fireman, then died in a diving accident when he was only 27.

by Karen Fuller G2G6 Mach 1 (19.4k points)

I agree, the little fella’s expression is priceless. Good timing on the photographer’s part.

+5 votes
Please add me to the 52 photos challenge. Thanks!
by D Armistead G2G6 Mach 1 (11.4k points)
Where's the photo?
Copied and pasted link as directed. Can you see it now? (Hard to do on a phone.)
No, it doesn't show
+12 votes

Bates family ready for church

This is my mother, Dorothy, with my brother & me, ready for church when we lived, briefly, in Huntsville, Alabama.  Two of us have hats!  We were there for 18 months while my father learned about Corporal Missile at Redstone Arsenal.  It was so long ago that the family travelled from UK to the US by Cunard liner.

P.S. I can't work out how to get the picture to show!

by Madelaine Kirke G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
edited by Madelaine Kirke

It may be because it's rather large; but here it is:

Thank you
My mother wore a hat to church for several years then quit when it went out of style, but my grandmother never quit. The gloves, too!
+13 votes

The lady on the right is my great-grandmother around 1917

by Christine Searle G2G6 Mach 3 (35.6k points)
+5 votes
My Grandfather Saul Besuner wearing a hat.
by Harold Robertson G2G2 (2.2k points)
Where's the photo?
+11 votes

My great grandparents Ada G. Napier and Howard W. Ragland ready to go to town. I descend from Virginia farming and coal mining families that didn't have fancy hats. This photo is from 1945-46.

by Rebecca Morris G2G4 (4.3k points)

My grandfather always wore a hat when heading to town. Handsome couple.

+7 votes

I posted the photo of my great grandparents Ragland and entered the Hat Challenge. I also mentioned I don't have photos of fancy hats, although the men in my family always wore hats when they left the house, Dress hat or Fedora type. So I thought I would share a photo of me in a fancy hat. I was at my friends antique shop in Lake Tahoe trying on some old hats. Hope you enjoy this memory.

by Rebecca Morris G2G4 (4.3k points)
Photo doesn't show for me. Is it privacy protected?
+6 votes
In my Hunter family we all wore hats, but this photo is from my Hunter One-Name Study and  probably a Hunter cousin of mine.

He is David Hunter 2nd  of Blackness, 3rd of Balskelly.  One of his projects in Scotland was to start a new town Carnoustie and wearing his hat doesn't he look the part of a Scottish titled person?
by Carol Sullivan G2G6 Mach 2 (24.7k points)
Sorry, Where is the photo? Is it privacy protected?
+12 votes

This is my great-great-great-grandfather, Phil Curry. I think he looks like the quintessential image of an Ozarks farmer, with his hat and his pipe and his overall.

I imagine he probably was the quintessential Ozarks farmer. This photo was probably taken around 1920 or so, near the border of Missouri and Arkansas. 

His father's name was Oliver, which is also the name of my three year old son. But I named my son before I knew about my ancestor. 

by Jessica Hammond G2G6 Mach 3 (31.6k points)
Cool picture.  Candid photos from this time are rare, they usually only took picture when dressed up for church or something, this shows his authentic self, ripped overalls, log cabin, and all.

This is a magnificent photo! Reminds me of a photo I have of my g-grandfather on his North Carolina farm about this same time dressed exactly like this.

+5 votes

This is my father dressed in his Civil Guard uniform. The hat, called "tricornio" (tricorn hat), is the most recognizable part of the uniform here in Spain.

by Margarita López Gila G2G6 Mach 1 (17.3k points)
+12 votes

This is one of my favorite photos ever. This sweetheart is my fourth great grandmother, Elizabeth (Powers) Hubbard (1783 - 1859). Just look at that face and oh, that bonnet. How could I not be in love with her?



by Deb Durham G2G Astronaut (1.0m points)
That you have a photo this far back is amazing!
It’s a treasure.
+5 votes
Posting a photo of my great grandmother, Anna Belle Harmon Schick, and a friend. Great-grandmother is on the left.
by Karen Macagno G2G6 (9.4k points)
Sorry, I can't see the photo. Is it privacy protected?
+11 votes

This is my great grandfather, in his top-hat. He was a policeman for the railroad, who became Chief of Police for the New York Central Railroad. 

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)
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I  posted a 'hat' on March 11  on the free space page and would like to join 52 photos.  Can I post another hat? (Not to count as a point in the challenge just because its nice and amusing! - I just shared the first photo with the community as I don't know how to post it here.
by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 8 (84.7k points)
edited by Christine Frost
If you already posted it, just go to it and "copy" it then come here and open you answer for editing and "paste" it place. If you want to put a new one in, put it on the Free Space Gallery Page for this week, then Copy and Paste it into your answer.

Thank you I will try to post the second photo here,  it is my Grandma, taken at Llandrindod Wells in Wales about 1890.  The family used to go there every year to 'take the waters' at the Spa.

+11 votes

I think this one fits right in...

by Ken Parman G2G6 Mach 4 (40.7k points)
edited by Ken Parman
+11 votes

My great aunt, Ellen Inez "Nez" Westmoreland, who died long before I was born at the very young age of 25 in 1926. Although I did not know her my mother made sure that I knew of her. She lived a full, if short, life, fully embracing the changes that were taking place for women in the early to mid-1920s. Her scrapbook contained photos, poems, newspaper clippings, letters, and greeting cards. This is one of my favorite photos of her.

by Lee Elish G2G2 (2.1k points)
Interesting hat! And from your account of this aunt, she was an interesting lady.
Thank you for commenting and reading about my aunt!  I have photos with her in all sorts of hats, along with her sister, my g. grandmother. This one was the most unusual of the bunch!
+10 votes

I believe that the hat and dress that my great-grandmother wore in this 1885 photo were both very stylish in that era. The height and clean lines of the hat are a departure from the brimmed hats and bonnets that we often see in old photos.

by Ellen Smith G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
How very Queen Mary-ish she looks.  Lovely outfit (and just look at that bustle).  :)
+8 votes

I haven't been able to find any old photos with relatives, so I'm posting this of myself (since I can't upload the group photo of my friends). It is not my best hat, but it gets the idea across. I am a Red Hatter and proud of it. It is a world-wide organization and it's goal is to have FUN. Our uniform, as such, is purple clothing and red hats with lots of Bling. On our birthday months we wear red with purple hats.  Anyone else a Red Hatter?


by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
edited by Judy Bramlage
Judy, your image is not showing.  Is it privacy protected?
It must be; I'll do it the proper way instead of trying to shortcut it.
+9 votes

This picture from a family wedding shows schoolboy cap, Piller box had to assorted  other hats but no big hats, then this is a northern wedding and it is windy up by the church.

by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (172k points)

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