Thursday, October 16, 2014

Coiffure Collage

The old graduation photos are of constant fascination to blogger and the recent perusal of the same brought up the Graduates of Notre Dame Commercial, 1913 (all the “schools” in existence in 1913 at the 5th Street location were part of the “Academy”).  Immediately striking in the photo was the variation in hair styles.  While some of these young ladies may have had their long hair hanging out of sight down their backs, there are obviously some with short coifs as well.  (What do you think of the visible long hair!  Envious or thankful it’s not yours?)

Now compare to the class of 1927.  The only common denominator here seems to be short.  But after all, it was during the “roar” of the ‘20s and an interesting statement of liberation from long tresses that required so much care.  Bobby pins, a variation of hairpins, were required to keep these styles, as earlier ones, in place, though.  The 1913 coif, whether long or short, no doubt required quite a few.
(Just as a side note, Wikipedia tells us that the bobby pin or bobbing pin came into use in the late 1890s with the growing popularity of the bob cut.  The Smith Victory Corp. of Buffalo took a trademark on the name for a time.  The pin is known in the U.K. as a Kirby grip, in case you travel there and need to purchase some.)

 But what do you know!  The 2010 yearbook for the academy demonstrates that hairstyles rebound.  Well, why not?  Every other style, it seems, does the same thing, doesn’t it?  Now pass the hair spray.