Brown with pearl medallion hat belonging to Lois Fithian
Brown hat with pearl medallion hat belonging to Lois Fithian and made by Henry Pollak, Co. in the 1950s. There is a decorative medallion consisting of pearls and dark brown beads sewn on front. A thin strip of the same material that the hat is made out of wraps above the narrow brim and is tied in a bow on the back. The interior is lined with a brown ribbon. The maker's mark is stamped in white on interior center. The hat is made from 85% wool and 15% fur, and is size 22.
Donated to History Colorado by Melody Buxton.
The hats all belonged to donor’s mother, Lois Fithian. Lois was born in 1930 in Kansas. She moved to Fort Collins with her family when she was in high school and graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1948. She married Chester Fithian in 1949 and settled in Fort Morgan where she lived for 55 years. She worked at the Fort Morgan Sugar Beet Factory and 24 years in the Recording Department at the Fort Morgan County Clerk’s office. She had 4 children. Lois enjoyed her hats, purchased in the late 1940s and 1950s. The donor remembers her mother looking in the mirror, combing her hair, putting on her hat and lipstick before leaving for church on Sundays.
Stamped, interior top center: 15% FUR / 85% WOOL / THISTLE-DOWN / HENRY POLLAK, CO. / NEW YORK
Sewn tag, interior: 22