If friends want to describe me to others they invariably mention my penchant for exotic hats. I rarely leave the house without one set on my head at a jaunty angle. Thanks to e-bay I have been able to add to my growing collection of vintage millinery mainly from the 1940s and 1950s. The oldest hat in my collection has a black veil and silk flowers and dates from 1910. I somehow doubt I will look quite as good if I were to reach a 100 too.