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Advert For A Milliner's Store

Advert For A Milliner's Store

Printer: Unknown

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1880

Shelfmark: Evan.6427

Item number: 6427

Genre: Leaflet

In the Victorian period, men rarely went out without a hat. It was possible to establish a man’s social status by the hat that he was wearing, the wealthy wore top hats made from black silk and a working man wore flat caps, appropriate for work. Blocking, a procedure featured in this leaflet helps to give hats their final shape as the material is stretched and pressed onto a shaped wooden block. If a hat lost its shape or had been crushed it could be pressed back into shape at milliners like this one.

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