“Suffragette posed in police uniform to illustrate woman police concept, Cincinnati, Ohio”

Bain Collection, Library of Congress

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    • Shari D

      That’s not paint. That’s some form of woven braid stripes (probably gold) with buttons on each end, like you might see on mens’ uniform sleeves. Not sure if they intended it to be some form of potential display of rank, or strictly decorative, but it certainly is a distraction!

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    • Shari D

      Since the whole thing seems to have been a “concept” at best, and a joke at worst, the hat business isn’t really too serious. Women of that time almost never, ever cut their hair. They were stuck with piling it all up on their heads in very large, bulky hairstyles that took up lots of space inside women’s hats that had been designed for them. Men, on the other hand, wore much less hair on their heads, and correspondingly much less bulk to put inside their hats. With this particular outfit, the construction of a special policewoman’s hat for one-time photographic use for a woman with a very large, traditional hair-style just doesn’t seem practical. Men didn’t need hats that were nearly that large.

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