Happy Birthday Raymond!
2010 was a fascinating millinery year. You may wonder what happened with all the plans for this blog back in Jan. The best part was being sidetracked by my chance to get to know Raymond Hudd. Last Feb I was happy to think I could be able to buy a couple of his hats, and gather information for the 100 Hat show done March 2010 in Evanston. Online research led to the Chicago History Museum website. It has one of his 100 hats from their collection online, the Potato hat. I read the blog, and found Ivan, his brother. On a wild hope I googled Ivan’s name and called his number, leaving a message. He called back that night, which led to lots of other fun with members of CHIC, Charming Hats in Chicago, and visiting Raymond. With the annual drive by Ivan from CA to MI in July came a chance to give Raymond a hat show of his hats. http://www.mlive.com/entertainment/muskegon/index.ssf/2010/08/mason_county_native_raymond_hu.html
Three trips this year to MI have been wonderful. The last one was to finish the lining of this hat. Not my best work, but there is only so much one can do balancing it on your lap holding a glue gun!
I can’t wait till the snow melts in spring to get back up there. Millinery is still alive and well in his heart, so in the meantime I have compiled a bit of Raymond history with the hope it makes it into Wikipedia. Now that I have something worthwhile to put in this blog, I shall add some parts as 2011 goes along. Much of it is derived from my conversations with Raymond, Ivan, Nancy Remick, Iris Sholder, Janice Koerber, Laurie Kennard and Eia Radosavljevic. Reviewing copies of about 60? newspaper articles Ivan has had the wisdom to retain has also given me rare insights that tell us just how famous and fabulous a milliner is Raymond. So famous, Phyllis Diller still writes him a card now and again.
December 19 is his birthday, and if anyone sends good wishes to this blog, I shall be glad to print them and mail them to him.
Just so you are the first to know, there will be another hat show coming up in July 2011 in Muskegon. Ivan has four hats a friend of his has given him from EBay listings, but we need at least another dozen loaners. If you would like to offer to lend your Hudd hats, please do, there can never be too many.
Those four of Ivan’s may also find a way into another hat auction as a fundraiser for the School of the Art Institute Raymond Hudd Millinery Award. Finding a location in Chicago is a goal, tho it is probably a far fetched dream to hold it at 2545 N. Clark, the location of his last shop.
Of course I will be working with Raymond to create another new hat as he did with Ivan for last years show. Maybe we can set our sights higher than one…