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04 January 2012 @ 02:23 pm
Isn`t that a lightning rod hanging off your hat?  

From the 1770s, un chapeau paratonnere. Yes, a lightning rod hat for ladies with a sense of style and a need for safety. Lightning rods were quite the craze then, but then there had been a disaster in northern Italy in 1769 where lightning struck an arsenal and the explosion destroyed 190 houses. That would make anyone nervous.