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However, a few small details can be observed in the evolution of the farmer's attire that can give a relatively rough date.
So I’ll collect anything that pertains either to hats or period clothing.
I took it right down to grandma and asked her about it.
She said, “That’s the dress your great aunt wore when Lincoln’s funeral train came through Syracuse.” So I called up the local Syracuse paper, and they confirmed that Lincoln’s funeral train had indeed stopped in town, and stayed for about 15 minutes.
In this interview, “Vintage Hats & Bonnets” author Sue Langley discusses hats from the Victorian era to the age of the flappers and beyond.
Langley describes the differences between cloches, Gainsboroughs, bonnets, and boaters.
CLICK ON EACH type to see detailed characteristics.