Victorian Curling Irons

Victorian Curling Irons

In two recent posts, we’ve taken a peek at women’s hairstyles of the Victorian Era, specifically the 1890’s, where cutting bangs to curl about the forehead was fashionable and frequently noted in magazines, newspapers, and cabinet card (photographs) of the era. My most recent post showed the hair pieces for sale (1895 and 1897) in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. catalog and the Sears & Roebuck Catalog. This ease of purchase made it simple for a woman who didn’t want to cut her hair–a true work of a lifetime–but desired to appear fashionable. Every female of this generation (and every generation in between) understands that vanity.

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Note: this photograph of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the book cover of a nonfiction bigraphy illustrates Laura's hair with bangs cut and curled on the forehead.

Note: this photograph of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the book cover of a nonfiction bigraphy illustrates Laura’s hair with bangs cut and curled on the forehead.

I remember reading one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books wherein she shares her growing up during the frontier years of American history. In one of the later books, covering the years when she, Laura, came of age, she related the desire to cut bangs and to then curl them, in keeping with the style of her day. Her mother fought against the idea, urging her daughter to maintain the more classic long-all-over hair that never went out of style. Laura heated rods on the stove to then apply to her cut bangs to curl them. Do you remember reading that part of Laura’s growing-up years?

CURLING IRONS

Curling irons were available in the Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalog as well as in the Montgomery, Ward & Co. Catalog. Just in the 1897 and 1895 editions, respectively, the following basic designs were available for sale.

Montgomery Ward no. 57 spring and summer 1895

Montgomery Ward no. 57 spring and summer 1895

“$0.05 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1.43 in 2015.”

“$0.02 (postage rate of this least-expensive iron) of 1895 dollars would be worth: $0.57 in 2015.”

“$0.06 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $1.71 in 2015.”

“$0.10 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $2.86 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

 

 Montgomery Ward no. 57 spring and summer 1895

Montgomery Ward no. 57, Spring and Summer of 1895.

“$0.30 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $8.57 in 2015.”

“$0.20 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $5.71 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

sears catalog 1897 no 104 p 334

Sears Catalog no. 104, 1897 , p 334.

“$0.04 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $1.14 in 2015.”

“$0.07 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $2.00 in 2015.”

“$0.12 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $3.43 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

 sears catalogue 1897 no 104

Sears Catalog no. 104, 1897.

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HEATING AT THE VANITY TABLE (perhaps only for the über wealthy)

hair curler. sears catalog 1897 no 104

hair curler. sears catalog 1897 no 104

“$0.90 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $25.71 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

curling iron. silver plated. alcohol lamp to heat it. engraved. sears catalog 1897 no 104 p 462

curling iron. silver plated. alcohol lamp to heat it. engraved. sears catalog 1897 no 104 p 462

“$2.90 of 1897 dollars would be worth: $82.86 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

Hair Goods 12. Montgomery Ward no. 57 spring and summer 1895

Hair Goods 12. Montgomery Ward no. 57 spring and summer 1895

“$0.15 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $4.29 in 2015.”

“$0.16 of 1895 dollars would be worth: $4.57 in 2015.”

(2015 is latest year available) ~ DaveManuel.com

Marshall Fields, another mail-order catalog from 1896 also sold curling irons much like their competitors:

Curling Irons sold by Marshall Fields Catalog, 1896.

Curling Irons sold by Marshall Fields Catalog, 1896.

 

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