This beautiful 1880s velvet bonnet, a gift from my dear aunt, is among my favorite treasures. What makes it especially delightful, aside from the obvious aesthetic charm, is that it came with the original owner's (or milliner's?) label:
Mrs. F. P. Leonard
3335 West Lapham St.
West A--- [Allis?] 14 Wisconsin
I have several pieces with name tags, but this is the first time I've had an address to go on. Naturally, I did a bit of stalking sleuthing, and procured an image from Google Earth of what may’ve been Mrs. Leonard’s residence:
Hmm, I wonder if that is indeed it? This is not the exact address, though, but an "approximate match", suggesting there could've been an older home here once... perhaps this is the former site of some stately Victorian mansion (I'd like to think so anyway). A Google search also revealed that a Mrs. F. P. Leonard of West Allis, WI served as a chapter regent for the D.A.R in 1929. I guess I'll never know the whole story, but it's thrilling to have a little window into this woman's life!
At any rate, I feel honored to have Mrs. Leonard’s fine hat! It is such a darling piece, bedecked in bows and violets…
Oh, and here’s a sneak-peek at some lovely new finds I’ve snapped up lately:
That aqua number in the middle is the sweetest little 1940s linen suit; I simply can’t wait until the days are warm enough to wear it out!