This blog by mikl-em (I played Sugarchurch) features Stuff about carnival sideshows, the 1800's to 1930’s, Vaudeville, clowns, freaks, silent film, or whatever else seems to fit.
Someone is proud of her new hat!! What code is she sending by wearing a fur coat & rooster on her head? via maudelynn (Photograph by Acme Newspictures Inc., National Geographic Stock)
Stylish Mae Vavrea tops off her turban with a black-tailed white Japanese bantam rooster at the Chicago Poultry and Pet Show in 1926. Though not published in the story, this photo was probably acquired for the Geographic’s April 1927 article “America’s Debt to the Hen.” In it author Harry R. Lewis notes, “For untold centuries the hen has been a companion of man in the onward march of civilization…The hen might be termed a universal favorite, in that a greater number of persons are interested and actually concerned with poultry than with any other form of live stock.” No mention was made of the bird, however, as headgear.