Hardware Chic (Sep, 1935)

Hardware Dealer Fashions Feminine Hats from Merchandise

SOUP strainers, window screening, metal scouring pads and even fishing plugs were fashioned into hats by an ingenious hardware merchant in dressing up his windows for a special sale.

A tray from a weighing scale furnished the foundation for a “Military” bonnet which included such accessories as a metal scouring cloth chin strap and a cocktail strainer pom. He fashioned the brim for an “Afternoon” hat from a strip of window screen, used a soup strainer for the crown and fishing plugs and a scouring pad for the feminine frills. An upended paint brush was used to produce the final touch in chic styling.

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