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Ridgewood Historical Society : feathered hats for women controversy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

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April 22,2018

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Ridgewood NJ, according to the Ridgewood Historical Society the immense popularity of feathered hats for women were the subject of intense controversy in the late 19th and early 20th centuries? It began a popular movement in defense of the environment and to save birds. Read more about it here:…/4228603…/hats-off-to-women-who-saved-the-birds
Eventually, the feathery fashion trend subsided, but photos abound. Here is one of a smartly-dressed woman in 1891, photographed by C.S. Roshon, who had a studio in Pennsylvania and a gallery in Morristown, New Jersey.

The beautiful amethyst hatpin is protected in our attic archives in the Schoolhouse Museum. Visit our current exhibit, “The Thread of Life” to take a journey through the centuries and life’s milestones that celebrate what we wore and why we wore it.

The Ridgewood Historical Society is housed in a one-room schoolhouse at 650 East Glen Avenue in Ridgewood, New Jersey. The schoolhouse was built in 1872 and was an operational school until 1905. It now serves as a museum of historic artifacts and is maintained by the Ridgewood Historical Society. Formerly District School No. 45, the Museum features exhibits that emphasize the historic Saddle River Valley area in the 18th and 19th centuries, an area that was primarily Dutch when first settled.
Please visit our website for more information and to donate:
Days/times open:
Thursday and Saturday.: 1pm to 3pm
Sunday: 2pm to 4pm
650 E Glen Ave
Ridgewood, New Jersey 07450
(201) 447-3242

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