Children’s Easter Hats a Hundred Years Ago

Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)
Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)

This blog addresses mostly food-related topics, but the subtitle of A Hundred Years Ago says Food and More, so today I’m focusing on the More.

I found some awesome pictures of children’s Easter hats from a hundred years ago that I just needed to share.Β Amazingly, readers of Ladies Home Journal were encouraged to order patterns from the magazine so they could replicate these hats. Enjoy!

Ladies Home Journal March 1913 bA pretty feature of the hat is the plaited lace joined with tiny flowers at the brim edge.

Ladies Home Journal March 1913 aFine Tuscan straw was used for the pretty poke bonnet trimmed with flowers and bows of velvet ribbon.

Ladies Home Journal March 1913 cThis cap shades the eyes, fits snugly and only needs one good tug to put it on in the most secure manner. Then it has the additional attraction of being soft and small enough to slip into a boy’s pocket when necessary, all of which endears this peaked cap to the little man of the family. Lightweight cloth is the best material to use, with or without a thin sateen or silesia lining.

Ladies Home Journal (March, 1913)

50 thoughts on “Children’s Easter Hats a Hundred Years Ago

  1. When I was a child, a new Easter bonnet was such excitement. Styles had changed a bit by 1950 — there was more straw and netting — but I still remember my favorite. It was yellow, with yellow and white ribbon, daisies, and white netting.

    And how many people today remember this song that was always played and sung this time of year?

    1. I also remember feeling really special when I wore my Easter hat. I remember one hat with white straw, a ribbon, and an elastic band that went under my chin. Thanks for the link to the Easter Parade–I definitely remember it. It’s a wonderful song that I often think of this time of year.

  2. I like the first hat. Straw hats are fun and the floppier the better.:) The little boy’s cap reminds me of Pappy. He wore a lee ivy cap. I loved when he put it on,I thought him so handsome.πŸ˜„

    1. Styles sure have changed over the past hundred years. In general, I’m glad I don’t need to wear a hat–but there are some occasions where it might be fun to wear one if they still were in style. πŸ™‚

    1. We are so much less formal now than what they were back then. People’s clothes were so much dressier back then, and hats completed the outfit.

  3. What a lot of trouble women were expected to go to back then! I have memories of my Easter hat for a children’s church parade in the early 60’s – but nothing this elaborate or hand made.

    1. I hadn’t thought about it quite that way, but you’re absolutely right that the elaborate clothes (and hats) that women wore a hundred years ago, suggests something about the role of women. The children’s Easter parade sounds like fun.

  4. Wonderful hats. Too bad you have to order the patterns. I think it would be a lot of fun to make one of these hats. Happy Easter!

    1. I wonder if any of these patterns have survived across the years. I suppose that I could look on Ebay. Surprising things sometimes turn up there. πŸ™‚

  5. I’m old enough that I remember wearing Easter hats when I was a young child, but they weren’t nearly as nice as these, and they were purchased at the local discount department store. I can’t imagine trying to make the hats in these photos, but they look great!

    1. I have similar memories of the Easter hats that I had as a kid. For some reason I particularly remember that some of them had an elastic strap that went under my chin to keep it in place.

    1. I keep telling myself that things just seemed simpler back them because we look at the “old days” through rose colored glasses. . . but sometimes I’m not quite sure they weren’t actually simpler times. πŸ™‚

  6. What an interesting post! I am glad that I live in modern times as there was no way my mum could keep a hat on me for a whole Easter when I was a kid! πŸ˜›

    1. I’m sure that there were more than a few children a hundred years ago who struggled to keep hats on for more than a few minutes. πŸ™‚

  7. Beautiful illustrations; they really show the details of each hat, and fun that patterns could be ordered. A refreshing time before magazines were filled with photographs of fashion models.

    1. I find it fascinating that Ladies Home Journal had a circulation of more than a million each month in the 1910’s. People had a “can do” attitude, and made their own clothes (and hats) – yet they were beginning to aspire to dress like the people illustrated in the magazine pictures.

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