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.
Photos from Vintage Everyday
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.
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