“Stevie! You might wanna rethink that!”

I care for the pet birds at the nursing home I work in.  There is one small parrot named Stevie who is pretty…on the outside at least.  He thinks he is my husband…and he is an abusive one at that.  He bit me today.  Not as hard as he could but still…. Doesn’t he know what happens to pretty, bad birds?

The front of an 1899 hat at the Costume Museum of Canada

The front of an 1899 hat at the Costume Museum of Canada

What is that?

A parrot head!

A parrot head!

Left side

Left side

Back

Back

Right side

Right side

Close up of the right side shows one of the bird's wings.

Close up of the right side shows one of the bird’s wings.

Top of the hat.

Top of the hat.

So Stevie you better behave yourself!

Are we related?

On one of my outings with Shirley I picked up a cabinet card of a young girl from some time in the early 1900’s.  SAM_2494

Her dress isn’t wildly fabulous but the hat is.  May be the dress looks better in color.  The thing that really caught my eye was where the photo was taken.

Durham Ontario

Durham Ontario

I think my great-grandfather on my Dad’s side was from Durham.  I wonder if this girl and I are related?  Or did she know my relatives?

Treasure from Tuesday: 1900 top hat and case

The Costume Museum of Canada is in the middle of another move so a few more things showed up in our work space.  One item caught my eye.  A case.  Don’t cases just scream OPEN ME!1900 top hat and case a

So I did.1900 top hat and case b

I then took the hat out.1900 top hat and case c

1900 top hat in mint condition!  You can still see the hairs from what I assume to be beaver.1900 top hat and case d

I wanted to touch it so badly…drat those white gloves they have us wear!

From Bristol

This little cabinet card is from Bristol and is of a very daunting woman.  If she were a school teacher there would be no fooling around!  She seems well dressed so I’d guess she has a house full of well behaved servants!  She is pointing to a newspaper.  I wonder if that has meaning or if it is just a pose intended to indicate intelligence and power.SAM_2488

Judging by the sleeves and hat, I’d put this photo at late 1890’s.  And it is obvious why I picked this photo.  Look at that hat!  It is adorned with ostrich feathers and wrapped in a sheer fabric-perhaps netting.  There is a pin at her throat and a watch chain under that.  I’m going to have to get a longer chain for my watch and try to copy that look.  There is something sticking out of the chain that I can’t make out even when I zoom in but I’m guessing its function is to keep the chain from tightening around her neck.  The watch itself is tucked into the opening of the bodice.  How I’d like to get in there! (Oh, clean up your dirty minds!) I want to know what is keeping the weight of the watch from pulling it deeper into the bodice.  Is there a pocket? Or is the inner layer of the bodice snug enough to pin the watch up against her body?

The sleeves and yoke are heavily decorated with lace and possibly beads.  This adds to my suspicion that I could spend next year bringing my existing dresses up a notch or two by merely adding more detail.  The trick will be bringing my dresses up a notch and making my self look stylish and powerful like the lady above and not looking like a crazy Victorian clown.  Just where is that line?

 

Tuesday’s Treasure…laughter is a treasure isn’t it

During one of my Tuesday volunteer sessions I found a hat that is modern.  1930’s? 40’s? 50’s?  I don’t know.  I was too busy laughing to notice the date.  I call it the chicken ass hat.chicken ass

It is just a grey felt hat with a pile of white feathers stuck on the top.  Feathers that make me think “chicken ass”.

“Look honey, at my new hat!”chicken ass1

“The designer calls it derriere de poulet.”chicken ass2

“I shall be all the rage at my hen party!”  Goofy thing!