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Millinery shop, Millinery history, Millinery New York, Schuylerville, New York history, Saratoga race track, Hat-making history

Tales From The Millinery Shop
by David Charles Hart

Tales From The Millinery Shop is an anthology that relates the experiences of women who work in a shop for the design and creation of women’s hats. The era is 1897 – 1924. The shop is in Schuylerville, New York. Schuylerville is eleven miles east from the famous Saratoga Horse Racetrack.

Furthermore, Schuylerville is 194 miles straightaway north from New York City. Miscegenation laws rule the United States in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The recognition of love between men and women of different races and ethnicity is abhorrent. Moreover, glaring lavishness, unconcealed vice, and blatant promiscuity by professional “courtesans” with men who are engaged in the “sporting life” is the norm for New Yorkers in this Gilded Age era.

The over-sized posh hats the women wear are adorned with birds and their feathers. Opulent in their design and creativity, this aves-style of hat is in great demand by women everywhere ... especially the rich and well-to-do. The women who work in millinery shops constantly strive to satisfy this overwhelming demand.

Herein are the stories of a few of those women. These are their tales of romance and mystery, of success and misfortune, from the easily understood aspects of daily life, to the unexplainable occurrences of strange incidents. These are their stories ... in their own words.

David Hart is a retired financial services representative and a veteran having served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam era. Married since 1969, he and his wife, Catherine, are residents of Washington State and have two sons along with a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Tales From The Millinery Shop is David's second book. His first book, titled "Sister B," is based on the 102-year-old historical lifetime of his mother, Willie Mae Hart. This second book pays a bit of homage to his father, Theodore Roosevelt Hart, who was born in October 1904 in New York City to an interracial couple. His father was African-American, and mother was Caucasian from Germany. "Tales..." relates their experiences and those of their friends who worked in the hat-making shop.


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