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December 25, 2023

Four Generations, One Photo, ca. 1905

It is fascinating to think of what these woman in this picture lived through. The great grandmother at the top lived through the Civil War and the industrial revolution. She probably remembers the first day that electricity became widely available. That youngster on the other hand, would presumably live to see World War I, the roaring 20s, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and maybe even the assassination of JFK, Vietnam and the 1960s counterculture...

The hairstyles of each grown woman in this photo reflect the time period in which they (probably) came of age. The youngest woman has a hairstyle that’s very Gibson Girl, kind of piled/swept gracefully on top of her head, which fits the era this photo was taken. Her mother has a simultaneously frizzier and tighter hairstyle that’s much more reminiscent of the 1880s, 20-25 years prior to the photo. The grandmother at the top has a much smoother, more austere style that recalls the 1860s when some of the hair was often pulled sharply back with a center part.


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