Mother was cleaning out some of her dresser drawers this afternoon and came across some small items that belonged to her parents, and those items are treasures, to me. Mamaw and Papa Hasty were married in 1923, almost 100 years ago. I get a huge kick out of seeing things like this because of sentimental value, but also it's just fun to hold something that my grandmother used as a young woman.
See the fashionable hat she was wearing in the photo below? Women never went out in public bareheaded in this days. They held hats onto their heads by attaching them with hatpins.
Above, Mamaw's hatpins. According to the History of Hatpins (fun page to see, click on it) hatpins varied in size, depending on the era and the size of the hat. Mother remembers that Mamaw wore these hatpins in the hat she was wearing when she married. They may have been in the hat pictured above, too, because that photo was made shortly after they married in 1923.
I can tell you one thing about hatpins - you could stab somebody with them.
Michael walked in Mother's room and saw the hatpins - "These are for voodoo dolls, right?!" was his first reaction.
The medallion below was carried by my grandfather when he played for the Philadelphia Athletics - sort of like a company badge, I suppose, although this one was made to last. I couldn't pull up anything about this on Google. There may be another name for it - medallion? id badge? Not sure what to call it. Mother had it attached to a charm bracelet she wore for many years.
We also found pairs of kid gloves, in pristine condition. I tried them on and they fit. Ladies wore gloves, I suppose to protect their hands? I remember as a little girl Mother making me wear a hat and little white gloves to church.
I imagine there were practical reasons for why ladies started wearing hats and gloves. Perhaps hats were for protection against sunburn, and the gloves to protect a woman's hands while she was handling buggy reins? I don't know.
Mother said Granny Butler [Mamaw's mother] could handle a buggy as well as a man. Of course, she was about 5'8 and birthed about 14 children, so she was a strong lady.
Even in her 70's, Granny Butler liked to ride the trolley from Acworth to downtown Atlanta and go shopping, and walk all over town.
Below, Granny and Grandaddy and their 7 daughters, including Mamaw on the far right with the big hair.