I thought the kitchen utensil inspired hats I found a couple of days ago were bizarre but the hats in this film clip come a close second.
In 1945 a Sunday newspaper organised a hat designing competition and the inspiration for the winners reflects their war-time experiences. Tanks? Flame-throwers? Amazingly the milliners actually created these hats and found a couple of women to wear them.
This is an interesting clip from 1938: felt hats being made in a factory in Luton, Bedfordshire. And a few variations on the styling too.
You can tell that Health and Safety hadn’t been invented in this 1952 clip!