In the early 1900s Julia and Anna Mathre opened a millinery shop which was located on Broad St about where the Post Office is today. In this photo the sisters are posing with some of their millinery products. Their hats were made out of felt or straw – materials that were malleable and could be molded. The material chosen would be shaped over carved wooden hat blocks – different blocks for different head sizes. Once dry, they would hand stitch the brim and hatband on and add adornments of ribbons, flowers, feathers and bows. The Mathre sisters were probably quite busy this time of year with spring just around the corner and Easter fast approaching.
Diane Mathre Larson
3/9/2016 07:19:49 pm
although you are correct in the fact Anna and Julia Mathre (my great aunts) owned the Millinery Shop The two people pictured are not Anna and Julia-it is Anna and Yettie Barber who worked in the shop.Anna is on the left. I have several other pictures of the shop.
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