Fort Branch & Haubstadt Public Library

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    • Fort Branch Public Library

      107 E Locust St.
      Fort Branch, IN 47648

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      Phone: 812-753-4212

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
      Sunday: Closed

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    • Haubstadt Public Library

      101 W. Gibson St.
      Haubstadt, IN 47639

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      Phone: 812-768-6005

    • Business Hours

      Mon: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Tues: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Wed: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Thurs: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
      Fri: 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
      Sat: Closed
      Sunday: Closed

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Historical Snapshot- Millinery Shop

Apr 30, 2024 | Historical Snapshots

Pictured below is the interior of a millinery shop in Fort Branch, circa 1895. Behind the counter is local Bertha Genung (later the wife of Walter C. Polk). A millinery shop is a hat shop. Millinery became a profession around the 1700s, when the fashion industry really started growing, especially in Milan, Italy, which is where the term originates.

“While a hatter made hats for men, a milliner came to mean someone who made or trimmed women’s hats and millinery was a profession primarily occupied by women.” (Direct quote from “The Origins of Millinery” article by author Amy Fowler.)

Photo from the Fort Branch-Johnson Township Public Library’s local history collection.