The Bird of Paradise


I DESIRE to call the attention of your readers to a fashion which in the month of May was at its height in London, and is now much patronised throughout the country. I refer to the wearing in hats and bonnets of a graceful spray of soft fine plumes with drooping or curly tips. These the milliners call Bird of Paradise feathers, the assurance being constantly given that they are real. They are often mixed with osprey tips, which, to the shame of womanhood, have so long been in fashion, and are still largely used. I may state on trustworthy authority that during the past season one warehouse alone has disposed of no less than sixty thousand dozens of these mixed sprays!

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LEMON, M. The Bird of Paradise. Nature 52, 197 (1895) doi:10.1038/052197f0

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