Lois Lyman–A Hair of a Blunder!




Sutherland Sisters–One of the most famous long hair Victorian women were the Sutherland Sisters. Here is a photo of their incredible locks!



In 1884 Lois Lyman of Cabot, Vt. died leaving a strange sort of legacy. In the Almonte Gazette it was reported that she had begun to collect her hair fifty years ago for a clothesline.

A clothesline? I had a real hard time with that one so I began to dig in the newspapers archives. It turns out that Lois had indeed begun to plait the combings of her hair and had been turning it into a rope over a half inch thick. Apparently it became various shades through the years as her hair had turned materially during the half century.

The Alvord- Messenger in Texas reported that Lois had begun the rope in 1829 and when she died in April of 1884 it lacked just one inch of being over 100 feet long. No word on what happened to such a creation.




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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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