Why Were These Folks Facing Backwards?



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See the original source of the photograph on the Luminous Lint, where you can also read more about tintypes.

Why would a Victorian photographer take a picture like this? Why was this group facing the wrong way?  I first thought it was a  symbol of mourning. This tintype from 1880 was taken because it was a photograph to illustrate ladies hairstyles.


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Photos from Vintage Everyday

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So what’s my personal story about hair?

In the 60s when the musical Hair came out I was obsessed. So taken was I that I entered a contest to win a trip to New York City to see the musical on Broadway. Seeing I was about 16 one would wonder if I was too young-but things like that never deterred me. So as per contest rules I sent in a piece of my hair in an envelope- yes an envelope- I guess no one  cared about health rules in those days.

Did I win?

Of course not — but I did win a runner up prize. What was it you ask? It was a box of Clairol blonde hair dye. Guess who sponsored the contest?

Seems like it happened yesterday– but my aching back this morning tells me it wasn’t. LOL



Hair Dressing Salon

The Hair Dressing Salon in Mr. McCaffrey’s building having fallen into his hands, William Chenett is prepared to execute hair dressing, hair dyeing, shaving, shampooing, the setting of razors, scissors, shears, etc.  Gentlemen’s and ladies’ curling particularly attended to.  He has spent a considerable park of the last 15 years in the leading establishments of New York, Montreal and Ottawa.  Hair restorative always on hand.

September 14, 1869.



Want to see more? Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in Hometown News


The Best Little Chin Hair Post on the Prairie

Lois Lyman–A Hair of a Blunder!

To Die Dying Your Hair




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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