Unidentified w ofoman, [ca. 1890] Alvin D. McCurdy fonds Reference Code: F 2076-16-4-7 Archives of Ontario, I0024789 Clearly we were adding fake hair back in the 19th Century. The ponytail does not match the texture of her natural hair. Still today, we are trying to erase our naturalness with wig/weave on the brain.
In the 1900s Black women were figuring out how to embrace their natural hair. It looks like quasi-bantu knots. The modern Black Woman has embraced the bantu knots worn by women for centuries.
The era is not known. Clearly the sister is sporting this sweet afro before it was called an afro. Black Pride!
For those of us that can remember, this Duke Afro Hairspray Ad makes you want to bring back the day of the Afro…and the unity.
It’s Sensational, Joe Louis Hair Pomade” – around in the 1940s. Joe Louis wasWorld Heavyweight Champion from1937-1952.
Back In the Day…in the 1800s we used a fork to comb our hair.
WhooooooooooooWeeeeee! Here is a vintageperfume bottle from France. See the black furhair…shame, shame, shame….
(Photo: Courtesy of clstoon.com) Here’s a 1943 ad for Aida Pomade for pressing hair. This was one of the cosmetic products put out by Chicago entrepreneur Anthony Overton. Overton also published the Chicago Bee weekly newspaper. And he had a large stake in the (Frederick) Douglas National Bank & the Liberty Life Insurance. Interestingly, the
The Afro ruled in the 70s. We were wearing our kinkiness with pride.(from top left-clockwise) Poet Nikki Giovanni; our sex goddess Pam Grier; kick-butt actress, the late Tamara Dobsen (she’s probably wearing the then popular afro wig.); and activist Angela Davis.