Ladies hats seized following the introduction of new custom laws

Published: 5 October 1913

The United States recently passed a law banning the importation of feathers plucked from live birds. The law came into force today, and as a result custom officers were closely inspecting the head gear of those fashionably dressed ladies arriving in New York port from Europe. The first woman stopped by customs was a well dressed French woman in the height of European fashion. Unfortunately her hat included feather taken from the crested plume of an egret. The offending feathers were removed by customs officials while the woman protested loudly. She informed the customs officials that her milliner had not informed her of the new laws. From the first ship of the day twelve women were interviewed about their hats and the plumage that adorned them, and all of them had the offending articles removed.

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