This photo Friday is brought to you by a sale a couple months back that I don't think I ever mentioned in weekend finds...believe it or not, I buy EVEN MORE STUFF than I manage to post on the blog (God help me). This sale was in the Cloisters, a detached-homes Catholic retirement community practically adjacent to a Catholic church out in West Meade. Now, as you veteran estate salers know, retirement community sales are hit and miss. They don't have the scavenger aspect of suburban homes with a single-owner over many years, where things have a chance to accumulate throughout the house (sometimes to an alarming degree)...older people who move into retirement apartments or condos or communities have to sometimes drastically downsize to fit the floor plan of their new accommodations. This means a lot of the novelty barware or children's clothes from the sixties' have already been passed on throughout the family or given to Goodwill years before the final estate sale takes place. However! What the people generally take to retirement are the things they most value and the things they can use... after all those old college football team seat cushions and 101 Strings records have gone to the rummage sale, and the dust settles, what you have left is either good-quality stuff, or sentimental stuff, neither of which could be relegated to the junk pile just yet.
In this case, there was a whole table full of pre-1940 pictures either in old photographer's studio folders or in the frames. Now, I came on the third day, so there wasn't "first pickin's" left to be had, but I did find two treasures (one of which I'll have to show you at a later date) and lots of 1920's handmade doll clothes (which, again, begs its own post for the full effect). This one is kind of fun because it was a "Wait, what?!" moment when I opened the two little folders:
Picture number one shows us a no doubt blue-eyed, patrician-nosed girl of the late teens, early twenties? The bangs and waves near the crown of her head seem to indicate that during the day, she pins her voluminous hair up in a shorter style more befitting the tonsorial vogue of the time, but has let her locks loose to sit for this picture. And who wouldn't! One of my mom's last threats to both my sister and I as we walked out the door for our respective senior picture days in high school was "Pull your hair down out of that ponytail or I'm not buying any of those pictures!" (I complied; Sus didn't...Mom still bought both sets). In general, I think ladies look better with longer hair styles, though they can be less practical than their briefer counterparts.
When I opened the second envelope (again, out of scattering of a dozen or so, I came across not one but TWO copies of this second one, so someone reading out there may well have the other!), I saw the "full extent" of what we're talking about here. Hotchi motchi, people! THAT IS SOME HAIR.
That is a LOT. OF. HAIR! I keep trying to take note of her simple, shift-like linen dress, the ring on her third finger, left hand, and her impeccably white satin shoes, but I can't, in good conscience, get over how long her hair is! Mine, right now, is a little past my elbows, and being naturally thick, takes forever to wash and dry. The time it takes to get it from shampooed to ready-to-wear-out is one of the major arguments I have for cutting it...I'm too chicken at present, but it might have to happen eventually. This woman, in having hair down to her actual knees, must have never cut it for y-e-e-e-ears...maybe her whole life! I wish there'd been another picture of her with her hair done up in whatever style she wore it in on a daily basis, because I could use the inspiration...even though mine must be a third of her length and took me four and a half years to grow out from a Mia Farrow cut. Wow, right? I just keeping looking at it and thinking of those Japanese long-haired woman horror stories (in the style of The Ring).
Have you ever had hair so long you could sit on it? Or has anyone you know? I think I remember a friend's mom in early grade school having hair so long it was actually impressive, but just barely. Given the time, would you ever grow yours out this long? Do you have any 1910's, XL hairdressing tips from your vintage travels and travails? Let a girl know!
That's all for this week, hope you guys had fun reading! I'm gonna hit some sales in a minute, and then I'll see you on Monday. Have a great weekend!