Here is an ad from the '40s, likely 1946. Tall crown hat with enough print info from the ad to say it was being sold at French Room, North State, which means Marshall Field. At $37.50 that would be $$507.95 today. Who made such expensive hats sold at Fields?
#lilydache is my guess.
The rest of hat description"black galyak...black felt." It also helps that the left bottom corner of the ad has the end of a word "che" with the word "French" below it. Lily commanded national and even international fame for millinery, so even Chicago women would cover a hat by her. #chicago#marshallfields#advertising#newspaperad#1940s.#vintagehat#vintagefashion#fashion.
Who says I'm not playing with a full deck? Ok, 11 "cards" is not a perfect deck, but they are a great game to play. Cut out ads from newspapers were done long ago. How long? Only one back had a date, 1946.
The back indicates Sonja Henig was at the Chicago Stadium. (aka United Center)
Plenty of women wore their best hat to an event like that. Bet it even caused a few gals to go and purchase a new hat, even tho the edge of wartime.
Perhaps all pix are from that era, as I bought them from an Etsy seller in one group.
Why did that person cut them out?
My guess is the paper picture collector was a milliner, or milliner wannabe.