"This is the hat."

woman in hat Washington Park 1910

Think of it as today's moment of summer -- 104 years ago: "Annie Ray Andrews modeling hat at Washington Park in Albany, New York."

The photo is from a collection at the Florida Memory project related to Koreshan Unity, a "communal utopia" group that eventually found its way to Florida after stops in New York and Chicago. Its leader, reportedly prompted by a vision involving a beautiful woman, had some rather unusual views about the world.

From a biographical note about Andrews on the photo: "Daughter of Dr. A.W.K. & Virginia Andrews. Born May 6, 1879 in Binghamton, New York. She played in the Koreshan Unity orchestra. Died 1928 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania."

And a handwritten note on the back of the photo: "This is the hat."

[via The Commons on Flickr]

photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory


I love that caption with all my heart.

I need that hat. Badly.

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