Friday Photo: A Bonnet For a Rainy Day

Today’s installment takes us back to one of my favorite topics, high hair. On a rainy day like today, how could you keep your towering hair dry? Why, with a towering bonnet of course:

This lovely lady is wearing a particular type of bonnet, called a calash, that was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The calash was collapsible, so it could be raised or lowered using the ribbon ties. Apparently forward young ladies would snap their calash ribbons to attract the attention of a passing gentleman. How scandalous!

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