"I look at a little hat like this,
I lift up the veil,
and I try to imagine the face beneath it.”
-- Isabel Wolff, A Vintage Affair
and dark square
is a picture feverishly turned ...”
-- Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room
|Vintage hat form 8-8-13|
"She had not realized how wonderful glass was,
how it protect you and kept you inside."
-- Caroline B. Cooney, Evil Returns
|Vintage hat form (2) 8-8-13|
Every week I drive past this antique shop, and every week I see these two vintage hat forms staring out at me.
These two faces are like captives.
Stuck in time.
Fixed in place.
Trapped behind panes of dirty window glass.
I have never seen the shop open.
The stuff seems to stay in the same places, week after week, month after month.
I finally remembered the camera, and I finally stopped.
Of course, the shop was closed, so I had to shoot the pictures from the sidewalk, with my camera pressed against the dirty glass.
I like to think that by putting their picture on the blog, I have given these two ladies a little exposure, gotten them out of their limited little world and into the bigger, wider one beyond the shop windows.