One year following that, Mons.
saw his performance and spent the next four years developing a presentation
of his own. The difference is that he chose to do his characters
using only the felt ring and his own range of facial expressions to develop
over twenty-five characters. The male character photos on these web
pages are of Mons.
The art of hat twisting spread from
there, becoming a hobby or form of home entertainment, such as were the
pre-electronic media era jig-saw puzzles and the like. The woman
pictured here practiced the art at home, around the turn of the century, as
a form of self-expression.