That used the ladies of the last century as a defense
• What used ladies of the last century as a defense
In the period 1900-1910 gg. It was in fashion hat unnaturally large. They were decorated with camellias, roses, stuffed birds. Some even mockingly called headgear "laundry basket". But to keep all this splendor on the head, it was necessary to attach special long pins. Some desperate fashionista soon realized that the sharp pins can be used not only as an accessory, but also as an instrument of defense and even the attack.
Hatpin was a sharp metal rod, sometimes jeweled. Its length could be up to 20 centimeters. Pin woman fastens hats to hairstyles. However, such a fad turned many from an unexpected quarter.
So long pins have become a real nuisance to others. If during a conversation with a lady in a hat interlocutor leaned too close to her, and she abruptly turned around, it's often the pin otsarapyvala his face. The "Ladies Journal" from 1912 in one of the notes stated: "... in 1912 in St. Petersburg and Moscow city government in order to avoid injuries of the population has banned the ladies in hats with long pins ride in public transport."
Hat pins - a weapon of self-defense and attack.
Sometimes women used pins as a weapon of self-defense against overly persistent fans. The criminal reports of the early twentieth century often flashed cases of murders of women lovers using their hat pins.
When wearing long pins imposed bans women from Sydney (Australia) refused to obey. During that 60 people put behind bars.
A few years later, wide-brimmed hats became unfashionable, and they were replaced by tiny hats, Cloche. Since the ban on the wearing of long pins hazardous dropped by itself.