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Eleanor "Nellie" M. Arms (1864-1937)

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In this early 20th century photo by the Allen sisters of Deerfield, Massachusetts, a woman is modeling a collapsible hat known as a "calash". It was a popular form of hat worn in the early 19th century and was designed to keep the sun from a woman's face while accommodating her hairstyle, which often consisted of a bun set near the top of her head and adorned with a large ornamental comb.


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