History of headgear told through cartoons and animated sequences by Joe Noble.
Joe Noble animation. "In the dim dark ages, about the year dot, they probably had fashion parades - like this." Funny cartoon of a group of cavemen watching a fashion parade. Large cave ladies model bearskins, bones through their hair etc. One model has a bird's nest on their head from within which a chick pops up. "Whilst not doubting the veracity of our comic artist we must skip a few centuries to be really authentic - " An illustration portrays a hat from 100 B.C. "A cap of fur or coarse wool trimmed with a feather." The next illustration shows "The Roman Influence. The cap is replaced by the cloak." Another drawing shows how "The cloak effect lingers in these 10th century head-dresses." An illustration showing a head dress from 1300 is captioned "A glance at this shows the cowl effect still present." Intertitle reads: "This curious hat, not unlike the "Liberty Cap" later brought us to the "Pig-tailed hood." the Pig-tailed hood" is illustrated. The Sunday version is shown. A contrasting hat from the same era is shown. 1400 A.D. shows a new departure - a cowl which covers the chin. "The fourteenth century gives us the famous "Pantomime Principal Boy" hat" - Dick Wittington style hat is shown. "Then came the most famous hat of all, the 15th Century "High Peak", a probable development of the "Pig-tailed hood". Drawing of two women wearing wimple style hats. Another wimple is shown with the caption "Peaks of wondrous height, draped with fine muslins."
Intertitle reads "Those days a "sunshine roof" was necessary!" Funny cartoon of a woman wearing a wimple driving along with her hat sticking through the sunroof! "In the 15th Century, hats almost reached the limit in quaintness -" Various style hats are shown. "Time passes, and in its march sees many different modes and moods - " Hats from the time of King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, King James and King Charles I are shown. "Weird old-timers to our modern eyes - but how would they compare today?" Through stop frame animation we see drawings of hats take place before our eyes. Cut to a moving image of women wearing similar hats to the one drawn.
Was an item in Eve's Film Review issue number 541.