Finding a 1940s "poke bonnet" is quite a treasure these days as they are very rare. Any time I come across one I purchase it right away because I know my customers will be on the lookout for one in good condition. The hole in the back of the hat lets the hair poke out or peek out hence the name "poke bonnet" or "peek-a-boo" hat. The hat usually had some type of brim also.
I love the straw brim on this hat with the wide maroon bow. The floating netting just finishes it off.
The last three "pokes" that I purchased are all unique. Look at the brim on each one! Wide, narrow, upturned.
I'll always be on the lookout for more unusual peek-a-boo, poke hats! Keep checking back in the shop for new additions.