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Object Name Hat
Catalog Number 2002.25.4
Date ca. 1953
Material(s) Wool; grosgrain; metal
Dimensions H-5 W-8 inches
Description This is a woman's scull-cap hat. It is a small brimless off-white braided wool hat. It has mock ear flaps that come to a point over the ears. It has an off-white 1/4" grosgrain trim that contains a metal rod.
Notes Hazel Muriel Lowe Ryan, the donor's mother, was born in San Antonio, TX in 1886 and died on October 16, 1970. In the early part of the 20th century the Lowe family moved to Los Angeles, CA where Hazel attended High School. Hazel and younger sister Ellen were interested in acting and according to the donor "went into theater." In 1920 Hazel moved to Murray, KY to take over the Chautauqua booking franchise from a cousin who was getting married. There she met her husband, attorney John G. Ryan, and gave up the booking idea. John wanted to write a novel and, with Hazel's encouraged, the couple moved to California in 1921. In 1926 the donor Jean L. Ryan was born. According to Jean, "in 1927 their money ran out" and the family returned to Murray. Soon after, Hazel started the Hazeljean Shop, a woman's clothing store that sold a wide variety of women's apparel and accessories. It was located in half of the upper floor above the Shroat Meat Market on 5th St. the family lived in the other half of the space. Sometime in the early 1930s this dress shop closed and the family moved to 4th St. where Hazel opened another dress shop called "Jack and Jill." The hats in this donation were retrieved from the attic of the family residence where the family resided from early 1930s to the late 1960s.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Hats
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS