Advert For G. E. Cluse, Hat Cleaner
Medium: Print on paper
Hats were completely hand made until the 1860’s when mechanisation began to be introduced causing many hatters to strike for fear that they would loose their jobs. Blocking was one of the final stages of making a hat, material was stretched and pressed onto wooden blocks to create the shape and contours of the hat. Because hats were hand made they were relatively expensive and they would be repaired and revamped any number of times. Hats could be completely restyled with the addition of a piece of ribbon or lace or by trimming the rim to create a different shape.