Monday, August 15, 2016

Celebration of Hats

Hi Dear Folk,

I just had to share this unique painted image of a woman shoveling circa 1840.  See here A Celebration of Hats over the last 350 years through portraits and paintings

In 1840 laws were established which banned women from underground work in the coal mines and to make a living they would do heavy shoveling work above ground.  The picture shows a pit brow girl wearing a hat, probably home-made of pink cloth tied securely under her chin with a black bow.  This would help keep the dust out of her hair.  She is also wearing trousers to work in and notice the leather clogs for footwear.

These are such precious images of working folk and what they wore in times past.


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