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Hairstyles- Pre Civil War- And Post Civil War Era

Discussion in 'The Ladies Tea' started by Stiles/Akin, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. Stiles/Akin

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    Hairstyles- Pre Civil War- And Post Civil War Era
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    Prior to the Civil War it was fashionable to part the hair in the middle and pull it back or twist the sides t...o cover the ears. Hairstyles in the Civil War period typically had a part in the middle and the hair pulled back into a bun, braids or curls and toward the end of the Civil War period the hairstyles became larger and the use of additional hair fillers (aka rats) and multiple hair pieces became popular. Large and elaborate hairstyles continued on into the early bustle period until the late 1870’s.

    Photograph by Curtis & Crosby, Lewiston, Maine, USA, ca. 1870s, Colorized by Stacey Palmer thecivilwarparlor Tumblr.com http://ziegfeldfollies.deviantart.com/

    Info Credit The Barrington House Educational Center, L.L.C.A center created for the study of American women’s history
     
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  3. JPK Huson 1863

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    Thanks for having a shot at this! I quit, a little, despite threads stretching back to when the owners started CWT. Just when it seemed something made sense- it didn't! Too funny.

    You see practicality must have played a role- you know, like the brief glimpses we get of nurses? Pretty severe, parted in the middle, who-knows-what ( guessing a bun ), in the back? Several in the rear of this group. One may be wearing a hair net- another easy style.
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    So here's one of my all-time favorites, pre-war. Later than 1850, since that severe bodice has been pitched, pre-1860, since her hair still defies gravity, albeit more softly than you see a few years earlier. Cannot tell on a hoop- do not think so- so before 1859?
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    War era image of JPK's sister, Elizabeth, with those sausage curls we see associated so heavily with hoops and fans! She was a New York, Yates County girl.
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    My profile photo is another sister, Susan- wearing a ' snood ', a net with a kind of decorative piece, like a headband holding it all together. Also early 1860's.
     
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    I just love all of the personal detail ladies (remember that used to be a compliment?) of the era could do to "enhance" their outfits like the gold to the choker. Anything seems to have gone within reason! Not everyone had access to the latest fashion plates, maybe a catalogue or two ...today the media tries to bombard with the "latest trend" for commercialism reasons only...green hair and emaciated models..no thanks. :bounce:
     
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    The first names that came to mind with their hair parted in the middle were Dr. Mary Walker (MOH recipient) and Clara Barton (founder American Red Cross). National Archives photos -

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    526057a.jpg Barton
     
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    Proof positive that hot women existed in the Civil War era!
     
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    Agreed!!!
     
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    Thank you for posting!!! She has beautiful hair.......
     
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    I'm really not a fan of center parts!! :unsure: Lol
     
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    I have seen a of center parts on original images. My guess it was easier to maintain and deal with. I am far from an expert, just something I have noted from time to time. I guess whatever was in fashion or fashionable is the real answer. Thanks for posting this insightful thread @Stiles/Akin.
     
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    Beautiful!
     
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    Can you imagine putting all those curls together without electricity? Or hair spray? There must be an era version- and hot tongs were used, sound like something you could fry your hair with if not careful. They came up with this kind of elaborate, pretty, not-fried result, instead.

    Oh well, @Belle Montgomery , all our green and blue and purpled haired young women I'm getting a kick from, thinking how dreary we must look to them! How funny, if we're the ancestors pink haired girls of 150 years from now put up on forums. " My grandmother had brown hair, don't tell anyone! " No argument here, I couldn't do it but would look like an idjit at my age!
     
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    I believe other then heating on/in the stove curling irons of the day they did these easier "rag curls" as well @JPK Huson 1863 :

     
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    Wow! That is an actual 1870s photo? I thought it was a posed, modern shot! Great original photo, outstanding colorizing!
     
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    The original image on this thread is just enchanting--what a lovely young woman!
     
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    DO note that this photo of Harriet is a daguerreotype, likely dating from the 1840's and not the Civil War era. This hairstyle with the fat "sausage curls" at the side was popular during the Mexican War; I have several N. Currier (not yet Currier & Ives) and other era prints showing similar hairstyles.
     
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