Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

This is a great snapshot of a pretty young black woman, maybe in her late teens. She is wearing a lovely white dress with three ruffled tiers on the skirt, which only comes to her knees. She has white tights and white shoes. You can see her necklace but cannot quite tell what it looks like. Moreover, her hair is dressed in finger waves. I learned recently that the finger wave hairstyle is difficult to achieve on the most compliant of hair. This girl’s hair is all the more impressive to me because black hair is harder to work with. Having naturally curly hair myself, I know what it is like to fight it, so my hat is off to the stylist who worked this lady’s hair so nicely. Perhaps this photograph was taken before a dance or formal occasion of some kind.

3 thoughts on “Girl with finger waves

  1. IntenseGuy says:

    She is a beauty. Any guesses on a date for this photo?


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      The finger wave hairstyle was very popular during the 20s and 30s. I guessed at the 20s because the 30s were such a depressed economy that a lovely dress such as this might not be had easily.


  2. Jessee Riehl says:

    Definately from 1924-1926. The hair, the dress, everything, very, very 1926ish.


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