Monday, November 15, 2010

Photo Number 373

gal with hair CdV
This week we we look at some women and their hair and some things that they wore in their hair.  Hair styles certainly have changed.  This is a CdV that I purchased recently.  I was taken with her strange hairstyle, all the waves that ended in pin curls on her forehead, then she added a headband and a braid at the back of her head. She seems very confidant. 
Gal with hair back of CdV This is the back of the CdV.  John H. Oleson was only at this address from 1880 to 1881. He died in 1881 and his wife took over for him.   I believe we can safely date this photo as early 1880’s.

Thanks for stopping by, do come again:)
Update : Thanks to Norkio! 
Natural Form dress (1877-1882). The dresses lost the bustle and accented a woman's "natural" shape, although with a corset underneath. Long bodices and hobble style skirts that hugged the legs were all the rage.

32 comments:

  1. Is she wearing an apron or maid's outfit?

    I wonder how long it took to get her hair done?!

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  2. What a great idea. I often browse through old photos at antique stores and it feel is like a walk through a forgotten dimension.

    I NEVER would have come up with the idea to rekindle interest in these lost memories by putting them in a blog!

    Bravo.

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  3. wow I love your blog; this is so great. A history lesson for all to enjoy; thanks!

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  4. Love the blog!! I seriously can't get enough of old photos too . . . my blog is all about love and old photos! Ha!!

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  5. What a great idea!!! Just found you on Blogs of Note. I have a blog about our family's life in Spain...I love finding new blogs...I will be following you!

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  6. wow I love your blog; this is so great. A history lesson for all to enjoy; thanks!
    you are free to see my french vintage school poster and map on my blog...thanks
    http://nicevintagefrance.blogspot.com

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  7. Ack, I'm at work and have no access to my fashion books! However, I believe this to be a Natural Form dress (1877-1882). The dresses lost the bustle and accented a woman's "natural" shape, although with a corset underneath. Long bodices and hobble style skirts that hugged the legs were all the rage.

    Norkio

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  8. This is a great idea for a blog, mixing history with photography. I'll be checking back for sure :)

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  9. This is a great idea! I am my family's geneology person and have tons of old unidentified photos of people in our family that are several generations back. It is frustrating to not be able to identify these individuals. Posting in a blog is an awesome idea so someone could possibly identify them!
    Keep up the good work!

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  10. Thanks everyone for stopping by, I guess I was featured on Blogs of Note..thanks also for your comments..come back again someday! You never can tell what kinds of old photo will be featured:)

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  11. I didnt know they did finger waves way back then. I'd be interested to know how they achieved that look without the modern comforts (cap dryer, products etc) we rely on.

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  12. I love the idea for your blog! I sometimes see old photos at resale shops and have never thought of doing this. I'm sure I'll be back to see more old photos.

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  13. Amazing pictures. I cannot wait to share this blog with my parents, they will love it!

    BTW I found your blog on Blogger's Blogs of Note.

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  14. Congratulations on being chosen "Blog of Note" today, Nov. 15! It's a well-deserved honor!

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  15. That is without a doubt one of the strangest hairstyles I've ever seen in a vintage photo. I thought some of the shots I was given the other day were odd, but this tops them all.

    Congrats on Blog of Note!

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  16. lol born today she propably would have a pink mohawk or something lol love your blog :)

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  17. What fascinating photos-and with great stories behind them. Even when you're not given the facts, you can invent a scenario for the photo. Enjoyed browsing.

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  18. This is such an amazing idea...how cool to see such real snapshots of history!

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  19. found this blog on Blogs of Note. i'm liking the concept of your blog! :D

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  20. I love your idea for your blog. I Love love photos too. I recently finished a scrapbook for my grandparents of all their old photos from their childhood to now. I love looking back and see how they lived then compared to now. I love it! if it is ok with you I would love to put a link to you blog on my blog!?!?

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  21. I found a great blog! I like your photos. Followed you!

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  22. lol...believe it or not...some people actually still use finger waves in their hair. I really love how you find these old photographs and try and reunite them with their families! You are AWESOME!!!! Keep up the good work!

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  23. Some black women still "fingerwave" their hair, and from what I hear, it doesn't take a lot of time to do it - just the right product and maybe a scarf to flatten and hold it.

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  24. Wow. She sure did have a thick chin!

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  25. Her hair is amazing she almost has African American features.

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  26. Hi Connie, I hadn't realised till just now that you were featured on Blogs of Note. Congratulations! I'm so glad this wonderful blog has got an increased audience. :-)

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Hi, Thanks for the comments, your input on these old photos is appreciated! I don't do awards, award me a comment! English only please! This is a word verification free blog. I can no longer accept anonymous comments.
Connie