New Rockford Transcript - Official Newspaper of Eddy County since 1883

Archival Anecdotes: Feathered Fashion


March 16, 2020

This particular hat belonged to Nellie Dykes, the wife of Great Northern Railway brakeman Allan Dykes. Nellie donated her hat collection to the Eddy County Museum in 1985, which included at least a dozen designer hats.

Meet Delores. She is one of the mannequins that helps display items at the Eddy County Museum. In this photo, she is wearing a hat adorned with dyed and natural feathers.

This is just one of the many women's hats on display in the Dodds School House at the Eddy County Museum. Many of these are ornately decorated with feathers.

Feathered hats were of particular fashion during the late 19th an...

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