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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Schiffer Publishing; 1st edition (July 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764324039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764324031
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.7 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #665,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Norma Shephard is the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum, a unique travelling museum whose "working hats" have raised funds for diverse causes; from homeless teens in rural Ontario, to cancer research and diagnostic equipment, to a women's and children's shelter in Israel. Shephard's use of hats, shoes, and bridal gowns as cultural story blocks to prompt the telling of tales, myths, and legends transforms audience members into folklore informants, eager to share their own reminiscences.

Recognized as an historian and authority on vintage costume, Shephard has appeared on Canada A.M., CBC Morning, CBC Fresh Air, CBC Ontario Today, CH Morning Live, Breakfast Television, Canadian Living Television, This Morning Live, Main Street, CKCO, The Source, and Neighbour to Neighbour and has been featured in numerous print media. Shephard is the subject of a biography by Patricia Boyle, entitled The Hat Lady. "What Martha has done for the domestic arts, Norma is doing for the staid world of museum curatorship," says Boyle. "She has taken material history out of the archives and into the community, presenting it in new and exciting ways. When I realized that Norma was being recognized internationally I knew it was time for a book."

In 1985 she earned a Canadian Achiever's Award for entrepreneurship and since founding her museum in 1999, has penned and photographed Accessorizing the Bride; Vintage Wedding Finery Through the Decades (Schiffer Publishing), 1000 Hats (Schiffer Publishing), In Step With Fashion: 200 Years of Shoe Styles (Schiffer Publishing), Lingerie; Two Centuries of Luscious Design (Schiffer Publishing) and Dear Harry; The Firsthand Account of a World War I Infantryman. Col. Gordon Atkinson, retired, said of Dear Harry, "...fascinating and evocative of war ... a tome of obvious labour and love. Tim Cook, First World War Historian at the Canadian War Museum and author of Shock Troops said, "As a student of Canadian history your book was a thrilling opportunity to gain insight into a little taught era in our heritage."

Shephard is also the co-founder of the Northshore Wordsmiths Writers Group. Her freelance articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in the United States and Canada..

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Ms. N on January 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I guess I hoped this book would be as good as "Vintage Hats and Bonnets 1770-1970" but alas, it isn't. Not much history, just lots and lots of pictures. Over half the book is hats from the 1940'-1960's, which is great if you like those years. Also, I think some of the early hats stated from the 1870's are really 1950's, they certainly look modern for the 19th century. Sorry, but I was disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Hosemans on June 22, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an amazing collection of hat photographs. Inspiring if you just love hats or are looking for ideas for hats to make. The photos are well taken and clear and accompanied by what they are made of and their approximate value.

There is a little history of hats but I would not classify it as a history book. This book is a book of photos, very well taken photos. I would guess that this book is aimed at the vintage collector but is also a good resource for the milliner.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Millinery Modiste on June 3, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I do not want to say too many negative things about this book, but I cannot think of anything positive to say. The author clearly has little knowledge of hat history, millinery or hat making. Many of the hats are dated incorrectly, and the descriptions are incorrect also. This will be very misleading to the person wanting to learn about hats and is a pretty picture book at best. How she got a publisher is beyond me. If you want a book to help you learn about hats, this definitely is not it. Don't waste your money.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mad Hatter on May 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book out of professional interest, as I am a milliner and collect books about hats.

On the upside, you really do get over 1000 pictures of hats.

On the downside, the pictures are not very good or detailed, often the hat is not even on a head; the descriptions are not very helpful, and to me it seems that several hats were estimated much older than they really are.

I was unable to gleam from the book whether the author has any background in fashion history or millinery, but I'm guessing not.

conclusion: if your happy with a lot of mediocre pictures of hats, it's great; if you're looking for detailed photography and good information, look elsewhere.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ben Broder on June 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am fast becoming a fan of author Norma Shephard. I was duly impressed by her book "Accessorizing the Bride" which lead me to pick up a copy of her latest work - "1,000 Hats".

The title does not do the book justice since here are well over 1,000 visual representations, in this stunningly presented book outlining millinery history, that had me revisiting my past in a most romantic and fulfilling way.

Sheppard's skills with photography and her intelligent, carefully articulated descriptions of each piece bring the book to life and may well be the foundation of a millinery revival that is long overdue in North American culture.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By the hat lady on October 17, 2011
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I collect hats from all ages and job types. My preference is from 1920-1960. I bought the book for inspiration. I love buying what i call old lady hats at flea markets and antique stores. I then use them for period costumes. I wanted the book as a reference book so that i could take these flea market finds and transform them into beautiful hats. The pictures in the book are very nice and give you plenty of ideas. However, the pictures are quite small.The only portion of the book i found to have any real discrepency are the values the writer gave to the hats. Most of the hats were placed between $250-$300. I know that i buy many similiar hats in very good condition for $10-$15.Aside from that, i love the book and will keep it in my collection for a long time to come.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christopher S. Smallwood on April 17, 2008
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I can't speak to values of hats or text....but if tons of wonderful images of hats are what you are looking for this book is it. Fashion is definately my love, but if I had to pick one accessory I love the most it would be hats.
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By Lauren on October 12, 2013
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This book covers the cost of the hats listed, rather than techniques or even detailed descriptions of the hats themselves. Also, since it does describe extant hats, it doesn't cover anything much before the Victorian era.
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