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Follies of the Madmen #267


It's funny, because women don't know which end of a lathe is up!

Original ad here.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Dec 08, 2015 | Comments (12)
Category: Business, Advertising, Products, Stereotypes and Cliches, Tools, Hair Styling, 1960's, Women

Norwegian Navy Beard Form

If sailors in the Norwegian Navy want to grow a beard, they must submit a form requesting permission to do so. This form should include a drawing of what their beard will look like. Redditor "aellgutta" recently shared a photo of such a form that he submitted, along with a translation:

On the top it says "BEARD APPLICATION", then it's rank/ military ID-number, full name and platoon/ division. Then it says "Reason:" to which I wrote "I get irritated skin from daily shaving and it's starting to get cold outside." Under the sketch I drew, it says "DRAW HERE!" and at the bottom the Lieutenant has written that he will inspect it after the next excercise (which gave me about 2,5 weeks) followed by a stamp to show my application was accepted.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 28, 2015 | Comments (8)
Category: Military, Hair Styling

Hair Fertilizer

Les Hoten's miracle cure for baldness: mix together chicken manure, fine sand, and potash, and rub it all on your head. It's guaranteed to work!

Sources: The Lodi News-Sentinel - Nov 27, 1967; and The Daily Courier - Sep 28, 1967.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Thu May 07, 2015 | Comments (4)
Category: Hair Styling, 1960's

A Cartoon Whose Meaning Time and the Evolution of English Have Rendered Somewhat Obscure


Familiarity with this usage explains things.

From Boy's Life for January 1967.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Jan 05, 2015 | Comments (5)
Category: Comics, Bohemians, Beatniks, Hippies and Slackers, Hair Styling, 1960's

Space Age Hair Fashions

Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Mar 04, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Hair Styling, 1960's

Beard Font

Created by Michael Allen. [via designboom]

Posted By: Alex | Date: Fri Feb 21, 2014 | Comments (3)
Category: Hair Styling

The Texas All-Girl Track Club, 1964

The Texas Track Club is celebrated on two counts—its athletic achievements and the uncommon beauty of its girls, who compete in dazzling uniforms, elaborate makeup and majestic hairdos. These hairdos, which are either bouffant or flip if at all possible, may not be aerodynamically sound and may be "out" east of the Hudson, but they are an unqualified sensation at a track meet. "They are our trademark," says Jeanne Ellison, the coach's 16-year-old daughter. "Bouffant is easier to run in because the wind doesn't blow your hair in your face."

Source: Sports Illustrated - Apr 20, 1964
Posted By: Alex | Date: Sat Jan 25, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Sports, Hair Styling, 1960's

à la Girafe

The Guardian offers an odd footnote to the history of fashion. In 1826, "Zarafa" became the first giraffe ever brought to France from Africa. She inspired a giraffe craze, becoming the subject of songs, instrumental music, poems, and music-hall sketches. Also: "Women began to truss up their hair à la Girafe and style themselves in giraffe-coloured dresses."

Sounds like it was the 19th century predecessor of the beehive.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Wed Jan 22, 2014 | Comments (4)
Category: Fashion, Hair Styling, Nineteenth Century

Where are our space helmets?

Here's another prediction of yesteryear that never panned out. Found in the Kingsport News - Apr 2, 1959:

J. McLaren Thomson, president of the National Hairdressers Federation, predicts that both men and women will have their hair short by 1999 so that they can wear space helmets. He said women will have a collection of wigs to wear with special dresses for gala occasions.

Posted By: Alex | Date: Sun May 12, 2013 | Comments (4)
Category: Space Travel, Hair Styling, Headgear, Yesterday's Tomorrows

Everything Changes

Make up your mind! Or not!
Posted By: Paul | Date: Tue Nov 06, 2012 | Comments (4)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Fashion, Hair Styling, Music, Performance Art, Parody
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