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BOOK - Hairstyles 1840-1900
By Maureen A. Taylor
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2014
Softcover... 24.95 (C$)

You can learn a surprising amount about your ancestors by studying their pictures.

Is there anyone who hasn’t had a bad hair day or obsessed about the right hairdo for a special event? Probably not, and this obsession is far from a modern phenomenon. Fussing over our hair is one of the things that links us to our ancestors. Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, has studied the many fascinating details in nineteenth-century pictures. Early portraits tell us so much about the society, the times, the trends, and the individuals they feature. And, it’s often the hair that stands out. Short, long, curled, and coiffed manes were as trendy as the dresses and suits worn in each period. Every fashion era had its distinctive hairstyle whether functional or fanciful.

Using the clues explained in this book, you can learn a surprising amount about your ancestors by studying their portraits. How they wore their locks -- straight or curled, oiled bewigged -- and their facial hair -- clean shaven or fringed -- for the photographer, will tell you a lot about them. Learn how to read “the clues” to discover:
  • When those pictures were taken, how old the subjects were at the time, and how wealthy they were.
  • Your ancestors’ fashion sense—were these people trendy or conservative?
  • Which nineteenth-century style mavens they admired.
  • Which hairstyles, moustaches, and beards are still in vogue?
This book is particularly useful to genealogists, social and personal historians, costume designers and hairstylists.

About the author:
Maureen A. Taylor is an internationally recognized expert on the intersection of history, genealogy, and photography. She studies photographic clues to tell the stories present in her clients' family pictures and albums. Maureen has been featured in top media outlets, including The View, Martha Stewart Living, and The Today Show. Maureen is the author of a number of books (including Preserving Your Family Photographs, Hairstyles 1840-1900, Fashionable Folks: Bonnets and Hats 1840-1900) and magazine articles, as well as a contributing editor at Family Tree Magazine.

128 Pages
8.5 X 12"
Softcover (perfect-bound)
Published by Picture Perfect Press, USA, 2014
ISBN 9780984845071

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