A Month’s Worth of Hats

By Maureen A. Taylor

It’s almost spring! So let’s celebrate with a look at different styles of hats. Last fall, I finished my book Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats, 1840-1900 and it’s available in the Family Tree Shop store with 10% off this month if you use the coupon code HAT10 when you check out.

Plus, it’s part of the deal of the month: Spend more than $30 on these products and receive a free Family Tree Problem Solver book download.

So let’s kick off the month with some very interesting men’s work hats from the Library of Congress:


This photo, dating from the late 1840s to early 1850s, is a daguerreotype, a shiny reflective image on a silver plate.

These men posed in their work clothes—plain shirts, work pants and, of course, their hats. Can a hat reflects a man’s personality? I think so. One man wears his at a rakish angle.

The tools in their hands are floor rammers and foundry tools, used for packing sand against molds.

In the 19th century, there were a wide variety of hats, including those that reflected your political leanings. In the coming weeks I’ll show you some dress hats for both men and women.

Solve your family photo mysteries with these books by Maureen A. Taylor:

  • Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900
  • Preserving Your Family Photographs
  • Fashionable Folks: Hairstyles 1840-1900
  • Finding the Civil War in Your Family Album