Last week, I wrote about how “radium perms” gave our ancestors’ hair smooth curls. Two readers sent me pictures of their female ancestors with wavy hair. Whether permed or created with a curling iron, these female ancestors ended up with lovely ‘dos.
Sharon Haskin Galitz sent in a 1928 graduation picture of her mother.
Laura Powell’s grandmother Ruth Myers posed for this picture around 1930, about age 16.
- Wavy Hair in Old Photos: The wavy look dates all the way back to the early 1870s.
- Clues in Curls: Some women wore long curls in their youth. This woman’s hair steals the attention in this picture.
- Four Times the Mystery: A set of four photo booth images act as a timeline of one woman’s life. Her hair is part of the solution.
Identify your old mystery family photos with these guides by Maureen A. Taylor: