Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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A photo of Ella Wheeler Wilcox. Taken in Madison, Wisconsin.
Found in Byron Doolittle (1844-1912) scrapbook labeled as friend. Byron Doolittle lived in St. Ansgar ,Iowa.
Date & Place: in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin United States
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Ancient Faces
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Now that's a head full of curls! Natural? Rag curls? Tongs?
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Maria Grazia Giovannelli
Secondo me,sono capelli naturali ben curati. Anche allora usavano espedienti per avere bei capelli lucidi e abboccolati magari con l'uso del ferro o altro mezzo.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Ticia Barnes
They look shaped to me. It's the largeness at the bottom of the curl.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Monika Vikingstad Midttveit
Yeah I have had similar natural curls, but not as "curled" all the way through. My aunt use to have natural curls too but they had smaller "loops". These ones looks "made"/shaped.
Dec 29, 2018 ·
Desiree Hanson
Definitely shaped. Very smooth, natural is more rough looking, I have so I know. Either is so beautiful
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Paula Fultz Shank
Interesting, now I'm going to have to Google how they would use the tongs...I can't even imagine how hard that would be
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Lynsey Boswell
Is this the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox?
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Lynsey Boswell
Where have they gone to-the little girls
With natural manners and natural curls;
Who love their dollies and like their toys,
And talk of something besides the boys?
Dec 29, 2018 ·
AncientFaces
Lynsey Boswell The owner didn't say - just a family friend.
Dec 29, 2018 ·
Lynsey Boswell
AncientFaces It looks like her, and she was born in Wisconsin.
Dec 29, 2018 ·
Pat Rowland Carothers
Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Dec 29, 2018 ·
Evan Smith
Lynsey Boswell definitely natural curls. Mine were the same once!
Dec 30, 2018 ·
Federica Giovannini
Lynsey Boswell what’s funny, she wrote about “natural curls” too!
Dec 30, 2018 ·
Lynsey Boswell
Evan Smith Yes I remember them well X 🙂
Dec 30, 2018 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
Rag ,My mom did our hair with clean old socks
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Ree Young
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Probably, she has naturally curly hair since there are waves very close to the scalp. You wouldn't put heated tongs that close to the skin. I pity her if she had to sleep with rag strips tied that tightly and close to the scalp! T

Those large curls were no doubt created by using rags or tongs to get the big, fat curls.

They were called sausage curls or bologna curls and were popular for women through a lot of the 1800s. Later, in the 1920's and 1930's, you mostly saw those curls on little girls (think Shirley Temple)...curled more tightly than this lady's, but the same style.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Linda Woody
Curlers and a hair piece. Not uncommon in the 1870s and 1880s to have a wiglet put on the top or back of your natural hair to enhance the effect.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Julie Friesen
Curlers
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Marilynn Marlow
My guess is a combination of natural and helped....pretty curls
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Moira Harvey
Rag ringlets, but the hair would have to have a natural curl for to hold like that straight hair they would fall out
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Brenda T. Davis
My grandmother used to use rags on my pin straight hair. I always had ringlets
Dec 30, 2018 ·
Caroline StClair
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Beautiful Rag Curls!
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Linda Collins
Rags. I used to set mine that way.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Susan W. Milam
My grandmother curled my mother’s hair with bamboo sticks. How, I haven’t a clue. But she did have beautiful candy curls as a child.
Dec 29, 2018 · Reply
Tiina Agur
Rag curls!
Dec 30, 2018 · Reply
Jeri Paola Di Cosenza
Rag Curls...
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Becky Kelly
Love these old pictures.
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