from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. (adj) A name given to various things of a presumably coquettish or attractive nature: a small becoming bonnet fashionable about the middle of the nineteenth century; a lady's cap with ribbons that tied under the chin on one side with 'kissing-strings'; a short lock of hair curled in front of each ear, etc. The name is also given to the wild pansy.
Art and design eventually gave way to sea-bathing, donkey-rides and kiss-me-quick hats, before cheap flights to the continent helped usher in an era of social deprivation and boarded-up shops.
A suitably modest voluminous black bonnet, sometimes called a Kiss-Me-Quick, was worn with a street sweeping-length skirt, topped with a basque jacket elaborately detailed with jet beads.
I dare say you would like me to tell you something more of the dresses of the ladies, but this you know is not my forte; all I can say is that I have seen in a newspaper that there is a new fashionable bonnet come out called 'kiss-me-quick,' and there is another variety of it called 'kiss-me-quick- my-mother-comes.'
This type of bonnet is also known as a 'poke bonnet.'