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Photograph by H. Goetz, National Geographic Stock

THREE CAPS Ladies of southern Silesia—a region that was part of German Prussia when this photo was acquired in 1926, though it is now located in Poland—model caps that marked a woman’s marital and social status. Made of silk, the elaborately decorated bonnets and their wide, trailing ribbons were often worked with gold and silver threads, sequins, and glass beads. But fashions fade. Noted the inscription on the back of this photograph: “These beautiful Silesian caps are no longer seen except on very old women.”
Margaret G. Zackowitz