Hatpin panic

Hatpins ultimately allowed women of the early 1900s to travel alone, because they could defend themselves against "mashers". A young Kansas woman was touring New York City when she boarded a crowded stagecoach and when the stage jumped, an elderly man ended up touching her — "hip to hip, shoulder to shoulder" and then "lifted his arm and draped it low across her back" as it was reported at the time.

The woman took her hatpin (which was almost a foot (30cm) long) and plunged it into the man's arm ... But then stories about wounded innocent people


Animals behaving badly

Before the boom