When you see this…Hair doesn’t matter.
(Courtesy of docsouth.unc.edu/neh/simmons/simmons.html)W. Calvin Chase was founder & Editor of the Negro Newspaper The Washington Bee. Established in 1882. It lasted 40 years. (It’s motto: Honey for Friends, Stings for Enemies) Chase died in 1921. Now, in his March 5, 1910, editorial according to the book, Blue Veins and Kinky Hair by Obiagele Lake — Chase suggested God discriminated against Black women when
Here’s a “N” Hair Tobacco tin from the early 1920s.How insulting! To be politically correct the B. LeidersdorfCompany of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the late 1920schanged the name to Bigger Hair Tobacco.Anybody interested? You can buy the demeaning tin @ Trocadero.com.
Here’s a vintage ad from 1941 advertising a Servel Gas Refrigerator.The maid is Mandy whose got her headwrapped Aunt Jemima-style.
Perhaps Black women have & still are wrapping our hair due to shame or hard to control hair.Many of us have never taken the time to understand the natural flow of our hair. We’d rather imitate someone’s else hair texture. & when we can’tget it — we wrap it up. Here’s an old cardboard trade card advertising Clark’s O.N.T. spool cotton
These vintage sisters are profiling…all tryingto let their hair lay down like the dominantculture…Natural Black hair reaches toward the sun.
Here’s an Ebony magazine ad forDuke hair pomade for men. The adis emphasizing the grease is greaseless.The model, Hal DeWindt looks like hedoesn’t have the typical kinky texture ofhair.
Here’s a Dixie Peach Hair Dressing Pomade ad from June, 1960Ebony magazine. The ad underscores using Dixie Peach willmake your hair soft, smooth, & lustrous.
(courtesy of vieilles annonces) This Sulfur-8 ad for conditioner and shampoo claimed you would have longer, healthier, & richer looking hair. The ad also asked if your hair is too short and measly (misspelled in the ad)-looking.
(courtesy of vieilles annonces) This Posner Bergamot Hair Conditioner ad from Ebony magazine, December 1959 professes to be water repellent (yeah, right).