The Almonte Ladies Barber

The Almonte Ladies Barber

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Did you know that Almonte had a ladies barber as far back as 1868?

Mr. C. Turgeon had fitted up a room in his emporium especially for the Ladies and he cut their hair and shampooed them back in the day. The first year’s issues of the Almonte Gazette in 1868 which was a year after Confederation The Gazette was started, owned and edited by the late Hon. William Templeman and his partner, Mr. R. J. Northgraves.

In looking over the first copy of this file which can be found also online it fell upon a most interesting item, which raised a question, “Did women have their hair bobbed back in 1868?”



The item In question n the form of an advertisement by C. Turgeon, barber, who announced, among other things that “he had fitted up a separate room for ladles wishing to have their hair rut or shampooed.” Mr. Turgeon told his customers that he had hired a new barber who had had 12 years’ experience in New York and Montreal. He added:

“Customers may have mugs, brushes and razors especially for themselves”


No matter how I researched women’s hairstyles I could not find a mere mention of a bob.




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Ada Richmond
actress Ada Richmond
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Middle Eastern Slave girl
1867 Middle Eastern slave girl
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Opera Singer
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1869 European opera singer


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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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