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Look around your home and you will find odd recurring patterns. In my case it is hats and masks. I don’t know when this collection quietly took hold.  I have never really looked at it as an obsession, until a recent spate of cobwebbing, I suddenly realized  nearly every room in my home contains one or the other.

I choose to look at them all as symbols of the many “hats” I have worn in life and the faces I have presented to the world.

Can you tell? I’ve got a little bit of ‘cabin fever’ going here…


The Jamaican Vacation hat collection resides in my loft office


These Balinese Masks Smile At Me In My Bedroom…are they leering?


Discarded Riding Helmets Litter The Top Of The Wardrobe In The Tackroom…


Ugandan masks in the den


My collection of “cocktail” hats and other fancy head warmers

Sadly, the world of hats seems to have evolved to a standard – the baseball cap. There are winter variations in cold climates but for the most part, you rarely see folks sporting Fedoras or Bowlers. Ladies have eschewed the social mandate of a covered head until the recent fascination with “fascinators” took hold. Wonder why they fell out of style?


Feathered Fancies


Veiled Cocktail Hats and a Straw Bowler or two…

13 comments on “Hats and masks

  1. Stephanie sheridan says:

    Like you, I look at my “collections” and wonder where they started. My Noah’s Arks from around the world have been my most enjoyed pursuit and long term challenge. (Still think Mrs.Noah had to have the best sense of humour of any human past or present). And my Dr. Seuss prints…happily, you are solely responsible for setting me onto that path….I wonder what these collections says about me!
    Love your cocktail hats!!!!


    1. Dr. Seuss represents the child that you keep alive in your heart and the arks honor your passion for animals and life. Just guessing?


  2. Touring NH says:

    On any day other than Halloween, I’d LOVE to see you wearing one of those feathered hats!!! I think your symbology is perfect!


    1. Be careful what you wish for…


  3. Martha, what an incredible collection of beautiful hats – and I bet you wear them with style. 🙂 We don’t have a hat collection, but we too have masks all over the place – love ’em. And yours from Uganda are quite unique. ~Terri


    1. Masks are so interesting. Like hats, every culture seems to have them and they are all so different.


  4. So many birds were driven almost to extinction just so their feathers could adorn hats that I have to say I’m glad they’ve gone out of style. They are beautiful, but I’d rather see them on the bird.


    1. I have thought of that Alan. You are right, many exotic birds gave their lives for fashion. Hopefully if it ever comes back around, we will be wise and just dye chicken feathers and such.


  5. Desks in my house. A writing desk, an antique desk that belonged to my husband’s grandfather, a mahogany secretary that belonged to my mother-in-law, the kitchen desk, two antique school desks (one large, one small) with the seat in front that folds, the computer desk my husband uses. Whenever I shop, I’m drawn to them but I’ve vowed not to buy another.


    1. Ah, those are a bit heavier to move around but well worth the collection. Thanks for stopping by, I enjoy your posts.


  6. mariekeates says:

    I love hats and have quite a collection but they’re not on display, strictly for wearing. The recurring theme in my house is Buddhas, I think there is at least o e in every room and a few in the garden too. Just looked around me and I can see five from my seat in the living room! Ironic really as non attachment is the route to enlightenment!


    1. Hmm, Buddhas. Seems I have three at first glance. Surrounding oneself with something is hereby declared to NOT be (necessarily) attachment therefore we step forward on the route to enlightenment!


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