Bluestocking Journal

Real history, through the eyes of a fictional person

Tag: hats

Saturday, December 14, 1912

In Lincoln, Illinois, a fire started in the Moose lodge while a candidate for membership was “riding the goat,” ending the initiation and causing a lot of damage. “During the stampede the Moose saved all their furnishings except two pool tables. The goat butted his way out safely.”

This evening hat is very striking, but who would have the courage to wear such a thing? It is made of black tulle, trimmed with rows of black pearls, and covered with a great number of bird of paradise feathers. Are they really wearing this in Paris now?

kind of a Robert Smith vibe, actually


Sunday, October 13, 1912

I have grown so weary of Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, and in casting about for something else to report on, I found a copy of today’s Daily Illini, the university paper. Mother was about to use it to line the birdcage, but I rescued it and had a look.

Apart from a lot about how the staff of the paper desire distinctive hats, quite a lot about sports, some church information, and a “Campus Scout” column that I cannot make heads or tails of, the paper seems to be mainly advertisements. I have snipped out a few that interested me in some small fashion, and the rest of the paper is now safely inside the birdcage.

be a distinct individual

Just Look At Those Hats

This ad appeared in the Urbana Courier-Herald on October 4, 1912.

Thursday, September 19, 1912

“Hiram Perkins,” the new student who caused such a stir with his odd rural costume Tuesday, was actually Charles Burns, a Phi Kappa pledge performing an initiation. He changed clothes on the train coming in, “his disguise being so complete that the conductor threatened to put him off unless he paid another fare.”

A runaway team attached to a hay rack caused excitement on South Market street. The frightened horses ran into the telephone post at the corner of East Green and Market streets, and one horse broke loose. The other ran with the wagon into someone’s front yard, where the wagon was caught in the tree.

William Humble, “all around bad medicine,” went to Homer last night in search of his wife, whom he recently divorced and remarried and is now suing again. He created a disturbance in the street, and the marshal arrived. “I’m a deputy sheriff and I’d like to see you arrest me,” Humble yelled, drawing a revolver. He fired at the marshal and escaped.

What in the world is a “stobk mind”?

Autumn Is Upon Us

Cartoon titled “GOOD-BY!” in the Urbana Courier-Herald, September 19, 1912

A goat representing Fall is seen here munching on a straw hat that reads “Summer of 1912.” One was not supposed to wear a straw hat after summer, and traditionally youths would snatch such hats away and stomp on them. In 1922 there was even a riot over straw hats worn after the socially acceptable date.