The Decorated


WWI panoramic unit photo, millinery plumes, wood, thumb tacks, paint

18" x 70" x 3"

In 1886, 5 million birds were estimated to be killed for their feathers. They were shot usually in the spring, when their feathers were colored for mating and nesting. The plumes, or aigrettes, as they were called in the millinery business, sold for $32 an ounce in 1915 — which was also the price of gold then.