52 Photos Week 7: Hairstyle

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Langholf G2G Astronaut (1.5m points)

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Best answer

My grandmother, Nellie Long, always considered herself a self taught hairstylist. She cut and permed her own hair and often mine. This is a photo taken in 1916, when she was only 19. She was the second of twelve children, and they were very poor living in western Oklahoma, and I know she must have also made her own dress.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (139k points)
selected ago by Mark Edrys
Gorgeous photo Alexis of your grandmother, she look absolutely beautiful.

How wonderful she could make her own hair.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful photo
Thank you Susan, I like this photo because my grandmother looks like my only living first cousin in this photo, and I love my cousin very much.
Mark, thank you for selecting grandmother Nellie as the best answer. She would certainly be pleased. She often threw away photos of herself, and she saved this one.
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For several summers I would spend time at a family cottage near Escanaba, Michigan.

My Aunt Catherine Rammel would give me haircuts.  One time she went a little too far ... seems the family conspired to have her give me what they called the Alfalfa style cut ... those of you old enough will recall the "little Rascals" character.

Below are the before and after photos.

by Bill Sims G2G6 Mach 5 (51.9k points)
Bill, you were a good looking boy no matter how your aunt cut your hair. Thanks for sharing your photos.
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My great great grandfather James Pruett had quite a head of hair.  I particularly like the style of his "mutton chops" with the clean chin.

by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Pilot (179k points)
What a handsome man your great grandfather James is! Caryl, I love the curls in his beard, and it looks like he had blue eyes.
Soweto What a gorgeous photo he look amazing thank you Caryn for sharing
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This is my great-uncle John McWilliams at about 20 years of age. The neatly slicked down hair completes a very polished, confident look. As someone who had to use Vitalis and Brylcreem as a boy, I'm glad we don't wear our hair that way any longer. 

by Richard Heritage G2G6 Mach 1 (19.6k points)
edited by Richard Heritage
Richard, thank you for sharing John with us. I rather like that slicked back look, and you are right about his looking like a man with polish and confidence.
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This picture is my mother-in-law's mother circa 1929. This carefully combed hairstyle is so flapper! I just love her sass!

by Saphyre Rogers-Berry G2G6 (9.3k points)
Saphyre, your mother-in-law certainly does look sassy, and the lace on her dress is fabulous. She is absolutely darling with her hairstyle!

I LOVE this photo too! She was fabulous! wink

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Nell Marie Herring (1890-1967) at 21 years old. 

by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (221k points)
Alex, thanks for sharing Nell with her beautiful profile and all that gorgeous hair.
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I could not think of what to share until I saw this photo of me taken in about 1992! Look at those crazy (natural) curls! laugh

by Missy Berryann G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)
Wow! Lovely!

Thank you, Maria! smiley

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My grandma, Sandy, and her older sister, Dottie, probably taken in the 1940s.  Very close, and she and Dottie worked together at Wright Field during the Second World War; unsurprisingly, my grandma married a US Army Air Corps pilot.  All her life, she had such pretty hair and always kept it nicely styled.

by K. Anonymous G2G6 Mach 9 (92.5k points)
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My daughter and I joke about "the bad hair" gene, and we think we've figured out where it came from!  Salina is my 3rd great grandmother who was born in Illinois and died in Spokane, Washington.

by Jennifer Harrigan G2G2 (2.8k points)
Wow! Now there is a lot of hair! I wish I had one tenth of that much. But what a lot of time they must have spent taking care of it. Thanks for sharing this wonderful photo.
Wow indeed. It took me a minute to see--I thought they were wearing shawls!
Right?  Every time I look at this picture I'm left wondering if they crimped all that hair, because I don't think any of them actually had curly hair. It must have taken all day to primp for this photo.
Wow I would love to know the story behind this picture. I do not recall ever seeing a picture around this date with women with their hair down. What a great picture!
There was a documentary on TV some years ago about old inventions, or obscure history, or something like that, and one segment of the show was about a family of travelling singers with five or six daughters who all had hair that hung far below their waists.  This was in the US in the late 1800s or early 1900s.  They would travel from church to church singing gospel songs and hymns, with their hair pinned up for most of the performance and then dramatically let their hair down to the admirous gasps of the audience--apparently, this long hair was very much in fashion at that time.  After their singing performance ended the manager/father would then start selling his hair tonic and shampoo inventions to the crowd.

I'm sure I have some of the details mixed up, but that photo reminded me of the photos of that family of singers in the TV show.

YOU WIN! laugh I have not seen anything like it. Amazing heads of hair!

Jennifer, I am at my hair salon with seven stylist and lots of patrons. I have passed your amazing photo around this afternoon, and it has had so many great comments, and even dear little Edith has great hair. Thank you for sharing your absolutely fabulous hairstyle photo.

I think you win for the "hair" picture.  At least for the most hair.  What lucky gals to have this much hair. And you can certainly tell that they are related.  They all look exactly alike - but how did a blonde get into the picture?

Thank you so much for sharing!
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Hair piled up on the head top with a big bow in it. A fashion of the 90's that young Kate Coleman (my great grandmother) wore quite well!

by C Ryder G2G6 Mach 5 (56.4k points)
Thank you C for sharing such a beautiful photo of your great grandmother. She has such a dear, sweet face and her bow in her hair is lovely.
Thank you, Alexis, for responding to all our contributions on here with such friendly enthusiasm!
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My Aunt Minnie about 1916, her sisters had similar hairstyles.

by Christine Frost G2G6 Mach 5 (50.8k points)
Thank you for posting this. She looks like an auntie you would have enjoyed knowing. I love the way hairstyles give you a sense of history.
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My da when he was 15 years old (1949) and later on his marriage pic.
by Edwin Van Delsen G2G Rookie (290 points)
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My mother Antoinette Krieger back in 1969 rocking some beautiful big hair.

by Dana Meyer G2G Crew (310 points)
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This is one of my favorites. 

Marie was a cousin of my mother. 

by Shirley Davis G2G6 Mach 2 (22.5k points)
Shirley, thank you for sharing your beautiful photo of Marie. She is truly lovely all in white— from her bow in her hair to the white lace up boots. It looks likely to be a graduation photo with white flowers on her diploma and the book in her hand.
+8 votes

My grandmother [[Wilson-61336]] at 19 years old.  Gorgeous!  

by Brad Cunningham G2G5 (5.1k points)
Brad, thank you for sharing your awesome grandmother. She is so pretty with her lovely hair and her perfect profile. She is such a great example of natural beauty.
Why thank you kindly Alexis!  She does have lovely hair indeed.
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My great-uncle, Eddie Corbin, in his highschool years, back when afros were all the rage.

by Marie Wallner G2G2 (2.5k points)
+6 votes

Charles Pierson Smith, my great grandfather. The writing under the picture is in the had of my grandmother, Bird Smith Dawson.

by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Mach 3 (38.8k points)
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My second great grand aunt, Hulda Yaeger. I just absolutely love her hair!

by Liz Marshall G2G6 Mach 7 (76.7k points)


Liz, what a phenomenal photo of Hulda. She certainly has marvelous hair, and she is an outstandingly gorgeous lady. She looks a little like Julia Roberts—only prettier. Thank you for sharing her with us.
Thank you, both of you! I agree, she was quite pretty!! :)
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I discovered my grandmother's high school photos from 1929 and 1930. Grandma was a FLAPPER! My mom said that her mom loved to dance the Charleston. Here is grandma - Mary Elizabeth Atkinson [Atkinson-3640], at 17 & 18.

by Gary Christopher G2G2 (2.8k points)
edited by Gary Christopher
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52 Photos Week 7: Hairstyle

This week my ancestor is Edward Alexander Porter. There is just something about this picture of him with his hair that makes me smile.


Edward Porter was born August 6, 1829 in Naples, New York, but eventually moved to Momence, Illinois. That is where he raised his family, eventually got sick and was buried. But he left a lasting impression on the town, and his family still lives on in his ancestors.

ago by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.3m points)
Thank You for sharing this wonderful photo my sweet friend
thank you, my sweet Susan.

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