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Attic Treasures: A Book of Locks
8/1/2002
In the 19th century, families sometimes added an interesting twist (or braid or curl) to their memory albums: pieces of their friends' and relatives' hair.

In the 19th century, families sometimes added an interesting twist (or braid or curl) to their memory albums: pieces of their friends' and relatives' hair.

Many women save a curl from their child's first haircut. It's fairly universal because it helps mothers remember the transitory nature of babyhood. Hair symbolizes the person and provides memories associated with him or her. Collecting hair samples is nothing new, as a matter of fact; young women in the 19th century exchanged locks as friendship tokens and placed them in albums.

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