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Object ID 004090

Object Name Lou Fritzel Black Velvet Hat

Object Desc Large brimmed black velvet ladies hat labeled Lou Fritzel by Jean Whitman Fashions from Milwaukee.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY004076

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Hats


Source Category Donation

Accession Date MAR 18,2016

Credit/Acknowledgement Paula Nickel

Location Room 5

Object Date

Start Year Range

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Lou Fritzel,Jean Whitman Fashions,hats,women,accessories,

Title Lou Fritzel Black Felt Hat

Description Large brimmed black velvet hat for women with corded border around the edge of the brim. Hat has a shallow crown with flat top. The inside of the hat has a black ribbon band with a off white label that reads "Lou Fritzel / Jean Whitman Fashions / Milwaukee" On the left and right sides are small elastic cording that appear to have been torn or cut.


Approx Collection Date

Height 3.5

Length 0

Width 0

Depth 0

Diameter 16

Circumference 50

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details measurements include brim

Quantity 1



Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker Lou Fritzel by Jean Whitman of Milwaukee

Maker Details Stores opened in the 1930's in Milwaukee as a modern women's fashion boutique. Was forced to shuts its doors in 1989 due to poor sales and profit. Building still stands at 733 N Milwaukee St.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY4076



Date MAR 30,2016

Summary Excellent Condition

Assessor Nicole Burdick

Notes Velvet fabric is clean and in excellent condition, cording around brim appears to be intact. Inside label is attached but the two elastic cords on the inside of the hat appear to have been cut or broken.