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Todd Smith & Co. of Chicago offered this hat for sale. The base was black chiffon; the flowers were imported silk roses. It sold for $2.95!

If you enjoy vintage fashion, you’ll love Decades of Hats, 1900s to the 1970s, by Sue Nightingale. Whether you want to wear these hats, research them or simply just look at them and smile, this book will let you see what the well-dressed woman has worn for the last 100 years.

The hats are illustrated by the reproduction of catalog pages, with descriptive text by the author.

The book actually begins with hats from 1872, when New York millinery fashion dictated a hat that was soft and puffy on top, then crushed and filled with roses, silk loops, or handmade lace.

By the 1920s, styles had simplified and they never again reached the extremes of those early years (although sometimes they came close!)

Decades of Hats (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4511-1), softback, is priced at $29.99.

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This cast iron kettle dates to 1770-1810. The tapered triangular ears and the triangular legs are typical for this period of time.

Early American Cast Iron Holloware, by John Tyler, takes the reader much farther back in our history, as it describes the pots, kettles, teakettles and skillets used from 1645-1900. It also includes vessels of copper alloy and wrought iron that date even farther back.

Cast iron holloware requires the use of an inner core mold, which makes its production more complicated than that used for cast flat pieces, such as stove plates. The technology for producing the holloware evolved over time, and by recognizing these changes, pieces can be more accurately dated.

Over 350 photographs illustrate these identifiable changes.

Early American Cast Iron Holloware (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4536-4), softback, is priced at $29.99.

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Souvenir makers with side-plate presses had enough flexibility to change out stamps and adjust their positions. Changing the ornamental symbols was sometimes as simple as sliding one stamp die out, in place of another.

Fred Harvey Jewelry, 1900-1955, written by Dennis June, describes one of the major ways that the Native American silversmiths of the early 20th century could sell their jewelry profitably.

The Fred Harvey Company organized production of silver jewelry and ran retail shops for tourists along the Santa Fe Railway routes.

The main emphasis of the book is on the vintage souvenir bracelets, many of which incorporated turquoise in their design. Most are photographed from private collections. These photos are supplemented by Harvey Company Photostint postcards.

Fred Harvey Jewelry (ISBN: 978-0-7643-4448-0), hardback, is priced at $39.99.

These books are recent releases of Schiffer Publishing. Check with your local bookseller, see the online catalog at www.schifferbooks.com, or contact the publisher at (610) 593-1777.

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