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Fashion Artifact

Feather Fan circa 1900 - 1920

Between 1870 and 1920, feathers were used in fashion for women's hats, fans, and other accessories. Several varieties of birds became extinct during this time period.

To help protect birds, conservation minded individuals formed Audubon Societies to persuade women not to wear feathers in their hats. Bird watching became a popular pastime at the turn of the twentieth century.

To learn more about the feather trade visit the Smithsonian Website:
The Feather Trade and the American Conservation Movement


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