17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, July 18, 1912: Made over an old hat. Wonder after it’s finished whether it will be presentable or not. I worked at it nearly all afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma was so excited in April when she got a new hat:
. . . After a trying time I got a hat that I thought would do. It is trimmed in light brown ribbon and red roses. . .
I assume that wasn’t the hat she was refurbishing—but maybe a hat could become an “old hat” in only three months.
A hundred years ago 5 & 10 cent stores sold ribbon, artificial flowers, feathers from ostriches and other less exotic birds, and other types of millinery supplies so that people could easily change the look of their hats.
Does anyone refurbish old hats anymore? . . . or old clothes (or anything else) for that matter?
I just move things to the back of my walk-in closet or give them away when they go out of style.