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The photo is my son and myself. Now days you can get a photo made to look old like this one. This photo was taken when this was the new look.

Harry S Truman was president when I was born and world war II had ended. I grew up in a time when lunch was put in a brown paper bag and a sandwich was wrapped with wax paper. There was no such thing as pantyhose, we wore stockings that attached to the rubbery clippy things that attached to the girdle. Convenience stores were not common and when we took a trip we packed a picnic basket because many places did not have fast food. Highways had places to pull over and stop, some with picnic tables. Read more ....

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January 24, 2018

Here is a link to our song for the day, it is because we are getting back in the saddle again. :) (Not fully well but getting there)



So I am picking up with our historical journey of living like 1944, this article is about pin curls and paper dolls.

Above are two army nurses setting up a beauty parlor behind the Fifth Army front in Italy.  Two army nurses wear cheerful grins as they have themselves a beautifying time.  Lieutenant Gene F Cornish strikingly attired in her long whatnots, hair in pincurls, wearing a sarong conjured out of her jacket turned backwards, is helping Lieutenant Helen Zasodil of Cicero, Ill. wash her crowning glory in a tin pan.  They don't have to hand over a good sized tip, either.  There may be no favorite rinse, no special operator,no powder puffs nor pretty bottles around to admire but the gals are satisfied.  When you manage a good shampoo up on the battlefront you've don something!

I have said before that under those cute scarfs women wore in the 1940s were often pincurls.   This form of styling hair  was still popular in the 1950s and into the 1960s.  This article above is from 1954 showing how to roll a pin curl and I am including it because I can tell you first hand that making a proper pin curl makes a difference.  When we did the year 1943 I decided to pin curl my hair and I had not done pin curls in years!  I had forgotten the art of doing it and Wow did I have a poofy, frizzy hairstye. lol  

If you cannot read this above it says, In keeping with the do it yourself trend we have tracked down some tips on a nightly practice in feminine endeavor - making pin-curls.  We enjoyed the cooperation of Victor Vito, who has helped countless women become their own hair stylists.  Although a well known hair stylist himself, he approves of the increasing number of women who cut their own hair.  He calls it a praiseworthy trend.  In his book, "Top Secrets of Hair Styling" he offers a simplification of how to achieve the best pin-curl.

There are four types, all good and each with it's uses.  The idea is for you to apply the needed type in the proper way.

Pin-curl No 1 is wound in a series of rings, each the same size.  The curs will stand away from the head when combed out.  This is the perfect pin-curl for such hairdos as feather cuts, poodle cuts, waves or series of waves of equal width.

Pin-curl 2

Is wound so the outside ring is the widest and the end is the smallest.  The curl will open up like a window shade. This pin-curl would be good for any hairdo that has to lie close to the head.  It is the one most hair dressers use.

Pin-curl 3

Is shaped like a figure 6.  It stays exactly as you make it and is excellent for Italian cuts and for many kinds of spit curls. 

Pin-curl 4

Is almost like number 3.  The difference between them is that the inside curve of the 6 makes a complete turn.  As you see in the sketch, the end of it is left fairly straight. 

I deciding which type of pin-curl to use Vito says allowance must be made for the amount of resistance to curl that your hair may have.  This resistance means that in some cases either more or fewer curls than you think necessary, rather than more.

It is not always necessary to make all pin-curls flat.  For a little extra height you can make them stand up.  You are advised, to try not disturb the curl when you insert a pin unless you have a purpose in doing it.   And never pull out on a curl, that is, stretch the hair , whether it is a pin-curl or a permanent, for stretching makes frizz and frizz comes out fast. 

There is quite a difference in hairstyles in the 1940s and 1950s.  This above is 1950s, closer to the head, a flatter look.

The 1940s the hair is curled more and the front top area has a lift.

Here is a link to one of my old posts about 1940s hairstyles and clothing styles.


I actually did a post on paper dolls but I came across an article about paper dolls and I was curious about how far back did paper dolls go and I found snipps into the 1800s. 

So this article was 1907 and I am going to post it in sections and hopefully you can read it.

There is much difference in our world today than it was in the early 1900s. 

There was much art work that went into these paper dolls and clothing.

The old newspapers are full of paper doll stories.....

And entire sections of the paper have paper doll stories and doll stories.   So remembering that back then there were no computers, no televisions, depending when we are talking about no telephone nor radio their lives were filled with things we do not have today.

I hope this post is of some interest but if it is not there will be more articles about many things still to come. 

Charles and I have been doing our best to get over this flu and as widespread this flu is some of you may have gotten it and I hope you all recover fully. 

Thank you for holding your emails and you can email now but please keep it short as my head, chest and ears are still full of cold and so my concentration is not great but i would love to hear from you. 

  I will close now,  Grandma Donna

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