No 27 in an occasional series of extracts from The Postcard Century
October 1909: Is this anything like your hat? I am better again today but rather busy. Yrs .MTF.
Lehar's operetta The Merry Widow swept Europe after the Vienna preview in 1905 and with it the fashions it inspired, notably the headgear described here as Mode 1909, which was more an event than a hat.