1900s Bollman Heritage Collection Gibson Girl

By
Bollman Hat Company
In stock
SKU
1900L
More Information
Style Bretton
Collection Bollman Heritage Collection
Fabric Wool Felt
Material 100% Wool
Crown Flat
Season Autumn/Winter
USA Made or Imported Made in USA
$100.00
Description
Our founder George Bollman died in 1900. His twenty three year old son, George W. Bollman, purchased the business from his mother soon thereafter. The elder George was born in 1838, founded the hat factory at age thirty and died at age sixty two. There were more than one hundred small hat factories in America and competition was fierce. Hat manufacturing in Adamstown was limited to summer and early fall months during this decade. George W. Bollman decided in 1905 to enter the hosiery manufacturing business to provide employment for the workers during the winter and spring months. In the early 1900's, women's fashion showed a confident and curvy look. The corset of this period removed pressure from the abdomen and created an S-curve silhouette.
The Gibson Girl drawings were pen and ink illustrations by Charles Dana Gibson. These illustrations were often considered the first national standard of beauty for women. One of the trends that resulted from the drawings was an affinity for large-crowned, broad brimmed hats with elaborate decorations. The Bollman Gibson Girl illustrates this style with its high squared crown, wide brim, soft navy felt and showy lace hatband tied off in a bow with a matching cream color binding. This hat comes in a special edition Bollman Heritage Hat Box.