History tells us at the time the Josephine Hotel was built in 1880, this decade was part of the "gilded age". There was a great economic boom and Union Springs was right smack in the middle of it. The town had everything going for it. Two major railroads intersecting in town, jobs everywhere and cotton was like gold! These were opulent times and it seemed everyone had money.
The fashion is those days were like nothing we've seen since. Meticulous attention the finest details. The highest quality fabrics, lace, buttons, and adornments were part of everyday wear. Unless you lived and worked on a farm, ladies and gentleman dressed proper to maintain their image in social and business activities.
The tiara didn't always have to be dripping with diamonds and emeralds, but when they did it was for super special occasions. But there were other times where a tiara would be perfect for the event as an adornment in her hair. Some were beautifully made from metals like brass and base metals.
No many women were without this necessary item in the daytime. It wasn't for rain... it was for shielding her from the sun. Hey, it gets hot in all those layers of clothing.
I think I know why women in these days look so annoyed... because the spent sooo much time on their hair. Yes, these hairdos are quite elaborate and that was for the simple ones. With all these twists, curls, braids, hair combs, barrettes, and flowers... wow, I think I would be annoyed too.
Also, a pretty stone that is as popular as ever... Aquamarine.