- Paperback: 220 pages
- Publisher: McFarland (February 16, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1476662150
- ISBN-13: 978-1476662152
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,839,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Hatpin Menace: American Women Armed and Fashionable, 1887-1920
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About the Author
Cultural historian Kerry Segrave is the author of dozens of books on such diverse topics as drive-in theaters, lie detectors, jukeboxes, smoking, shoplifting and ticket-scalping. He lives in British Columbia.
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The book is well written and seems to be well-researched, at least using popular media sources. It's not an academic style study, but is informative and intriguing. The chapters are Big Hats (really big!), Hatpin Fashion, two chapters look at the hatpin as a weapon, offensive and defensive, and one looks at group use of the hatpin--as in striking women carrying them and rioting against "scabs." Chapter 6 looks at accidents (remember those sharp ends sticking out?). Chapter 7 looks at hatpins abroad (not a very good chapter) and the last chapter discusses hatpin hysteria on the part of male legislators trying to pass laws regulating in one way or another--sometimes passed but difficult to enforce. I get the impression that hatpins were one of those standard jokes by which men belittle women. There are traces of a sly feminism in the book.