LOTSOFHAIRThis cabinet card, photographed by Holcombe and Metzen of Detroit, Michigan; is an image of a young woman with lots of hair. I have seen other cabinet card portraits of woman with hair to spare and I am not sure how to interpret the meaning of this era’s hair fashion statement. If anyone has knowledge of  this phenomenon; please leave a comment. Photographers Holcombe and Metzen are given mention in the Detroit Yearbook of 1890.

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  1. Women’s hair was praised at length in contemporary periodicals. For example, an article bemoaning the poor quality of “woman’s chief glory” (“What is the Reason?”)

    In Pleasures Taken, Carol Mavor writes that “the brushing of a woman’s hair meant letting her sexuality out.” (p 109)

    I don’t know anything about the long hair photos (and you’re right, it was a long-lived fad of some sort, judging by the numbers) but my guess is that if a woman had long, thick hair, she had it photographed for her own pleasure, perhaps to remember in her old age that she had once been beautiful.

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