It's true that no respectable 18th c lady would step out with an uncovered head, and preferably with a head covered by both a linen cap and a hat. But the flat, wide-brimmed hats that were so fashionable in 1770 can also serve a purpose beyond style and modesty. On this early morning with a slanting autumn sun, left, these two ladies - interpreters in Colonial Williamsburg - know there's no better way to keep the brightness from your eyes than a hat of fine Milano straw.
Alas, all of this glorious sunshine will soon be gone - the weather forecast predicts rain and a thirty-degree drop in temperatures tomorrow.
There’s a big difference in how we use history. But we’re equally nuts about it. To us, the everyday details of life in the past are things to talk about, ponder, make fun of -- much in the way normal people talk about their favorite reality show.
We talk about who’s wearing what and who’s sleeping with whom. We try to sort out rumor or myth from fact. We thought there must be at least three other people out there who think history’s fascinating and fun, too. This blog is for them.