This cabinet card from Gendron in Boston features a young lady, approximately aged 13, with short cut hair. I had to have this as a great example of trimmed hair on a female in the 19th century. Hair was considered a point of pride for most women, but girls were able to cut theirs. In certain extreme situations, the hair might be cut, such as a fever. It was believed that removing the hair would prevent the fever being trapped and allow the person to recover more quickly. Or, as in the case of the Gift of the Magi, a person might cut and sell their hair as it was quite valuable to wig makers and in catalog sales. We will never know why this person has shorn hair, but let us hope it was by choice.