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Ethel Pye: 1940's Walter Florell hat. Florell hats are in The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Posted 6 years ago

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I love this photo of mother, she loved her hats and this was her favorite. Mother is gone now but we still have the hat. The hat is two piece straw hat with a veil. I don't know if it was made to wear two ways or not, but the top of the hat is a little hat that covers the crown of your head and com es down in back in a v-shape with little v-shape that sits right at the top of face at hairline. Then the crown of the hat goes on top with the veil.
The hat was lost for years, the hat box was crushed. So the hat is a little ruffled but for 70 years old it still looks good.
The second photo she she is posing pretty. The next two photos were from her days as the first Negro policewoman in Buffalo, New York. The photo with the two men is the vice squad this was in newspaper in Buffalo where she was called the leader of the Vice Squad. The second is from one of her police details (the man in middle is Arthur Lee Simpkins was well-known singer appeared on You Asked For It! and Your Show of Shows) as a bodyguard. The last photo is her police badge. Appointed February 29,1944. I found all these photos after my mom passed.


  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    What a wonderful photo! She looks so happy. The hat is striking. Have you more photos of your mother in her hats?
  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    what a beautiful hat for a beautiful mother!!
  3. Hunter Hunter, 6 years ago
    the jacket in that first photo also looks pretty amazing - wonderful style!
  4. Ethelsgirl, 6 years ago
    Thank you for your wonderful comments thank you all. Yes Hunter the jacket is a suit and it is a very unique style. Thank you all for looking.
  5. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 6 years ago
    Hi, Ethelsgirl! I just had to check in on this again, and I'm sure glad that I did. These are magnificent photo records of a beautiful, sylish, smart, brave, and accomplished woman. Every head in the room must have turned to her when made her entrances. And I bet many people sought her advice. Thank you!!!
  6. inky inky, 6 years ago
    Your Mother certainly new how to wow!!! them.. what a stylish woman!...:-) Like miKKoChristmas11 I'm glad I dropped in for a second look at your beautiful Mother and her amazing hat....:-)

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