I've been steadily adding to my 19th/early 20th c hairwork collection. I've loved these early 20th c. hair postcards for a long time, and just recently purchased my first two! They haven't arrived yet, but I just can't wait to hang them up.
I don't know too much about the history of them, i.e. how or when this came about.... I only know that ladies would glue real human hair (theirs? I wonder if ever other people's?) onto the pretty heads of postcard images of women and send them out. I've only ever seen blonde, brunette, and near-black hair, but I would LOVE to see a good redhead! Often these strange and beautiful mementos were adorned with real ribbon or a little applique in the shape of a hairbow or hair accessory. So precious.
Here's a little collection of images I've gathered. Sorry many are blurry!
|im currently trying to negotiate for the one on the right!! The ribbon around the neck totally reminds me of the ghost story 'the girl with the green ribbon' - does anyone remember that? i had a reading of it on cassette tape when i was little and would listen to it all day long. i was OBSESSED.|
|LOVE these ones. so totally creepy victorian style. and i love the fabric outfit glued onto the one on the left|
|oh wait, is that a redhead?? i cant tell|
|they often have this diamond-shaped yarn or string looped through, not sure why?|
|the one on the left is mine!!|
|the one on the right is mine!!|
|the one on the left is mine!! :D|