Mary Elisabeth Brooks

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Mary Elisabeth Brooks, b. 3/6/1851 Fisherville, TN. m. Andrew Jackson Fletcher "AJ" (d. 12/30/1881). She d. 9/1/1920, Memphis. Parents: James M. Brooks (1818-1876) b. NC and Mary Ann Kingston (Nov 1824), b. England. Issue: Kingston, Mattie Daisy, Maggie, Patrick, Andrew Jay.
Date & Place: in Eads, Shelby Co County, Tennessee USA
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Ancient Faces
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Molly was born in 1851 so she was a child during the Civil War. This 1872 photo vividly shows the fashion of her time.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Brenda Watson
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Brenda Watson
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Daughter, Daisy
Daisy Fletcher
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Joan Pasquarelli
I would guess no longer than when I was young . We washed and rolled our hair wet with sc***s of cloth or clean old socks
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
And left them in while you slept? And did you use hairspray to hold the curl?
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
Yes while we slept and no hairspray
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Sue Keeley Hicks
I loved it when my grandma would do this to my hair when I was little girl.!
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
Sue Keeley Hicks I didn't for a long time there was any other way. When I was around eight years old I'd help out by doing my younger sisters hair at night
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Kelly Ann Careless
My Mom, born in 1927 said they would always do their hair in rags for special times like Christmas Eve.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
Kelly Ann Careless and it works great
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Lucy Raubertas
Also braiding damp hair makes volume and waves
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Kathy Gordon
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I am thinking she rolled her damp hair in sc***s of fabric and slept in them. My mom rolled my Shirley Temple curls like that for years until there were too many kids to put to bed. Curls held all day no spray needed. She also may have used a curling iron heated on the cook stove.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
April Williams
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Lastly, adding a little salt to the water solution when you are setting will give the curls staying power.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Elina Saari
They're called rag curls and they hold very well 😁
Oct 04, 2017 ·
AncientFaces
April Williams Homemade beach spray! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Connie Kerner
Sue Keeley Hicks I used strips of old cotton sheet to curl one of my daughters hair. She will soon be 53
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Lori Clinton-Holmquist
My mom would roll cloth into my hair for those curls, and then I'd pull them so they wouldn't be too tight.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Judy Marxer
Rags, yes, I remember those too.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Sue Keeley Hicks
Connie Kerner, I am almost 75! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Dianne Roethler
My mom used to heat up a curling iron on the stove. Whenever my sister and I saw her coming at us with that curling iron, we would start to cry because we knew that she was going to burn us. And she did! Such torture. This was in the late 40's, early 50's.
Oct 08, 2017 ·
Lisa Riley Hickman
I'm sure they used a metal rod. Whoever did her hair would've had to heat it on a stove and hold the rod with a towel while curling the hair. To get her hair that precise, maybe one or two hours.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
Wow! That would leave a lot of split ends - and burnt hair!! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Lisa Riley Hickman
Yes, the hairdresser would have to be very skilled.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Sara Simon
They did it in the Little Women movie... burned their hair off but that's what they used. :p
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Lisa Riley Hickman
I love that movie! Jo heated her sister's hair for too long on that one.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
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Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Sarah Shell
Have you seen Little Women? A fire heated curling tong.... Jo burns off Megs fringe curl 🙄
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Angel Lewis
Roll them in sc***s of materials
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Beverly Barnt
TWO WAYS. HAIR ROLLED ON STRIPS OF CLOTH OR THE METAL CURLER HEATED OVER A KEROSENE LAMP LIKE WAS USED ON MY HAIR BEFORE ELECTRICITY.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
And here's an 1895 photo of her daughter - also stylish! Mattie Daisy Fletcher Hinson, 1895
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Laurie Wolfschlag
These look more like tamed natural curls.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
Really? Wish I'd have known how to tame my curls like that!! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Laurie Wolfschlag
AncientFaces 😊. Think oil and sleep caps. People wore hats a lot back then and didnt wash their hair but a few times a year.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Sarah Elizabeth Flood
Um, I'm pretty sure those are done with a curling iron. They had curling irons you heated in the fireplace or on a hot stove, basically a poker for hair. My hair wouldn't do that without product and heat.

And people then washed their hair once a week in general, on Saturday night before church.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Janet Tobin
My mother used to do this to our hair as children. They were called "pin curls". She would put some "Dippity Do" (now called styling gel) on our wet hair and then wrap each bunch of hair with tissue paper, then twist each "tube" of hair into a spiral and pin it to our heads. We slept with it in and then she unrolled it the next morning.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
AncientFaces
I remember doing that! And then came the big, big curlers - sometimes juice cans!! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
I remember this also
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Helen Bosch
My mom did this too
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Mary Gerlach Griffith
Grandma did this only she set her curls with beer.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
AncientFaces
Mary Gerlach Griffith I forgot about beer - for volume!
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Mary Gerlach Griffith
Yeah she’d pour some in a dish and drink the rest 😂
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
AncientFaces I remember that too , jeepers I’m now older than dirt . Giggling
Oct 04, 2017 ·
AncientFaces
Joan Pasquarelli Me too! :)
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Joan Pasquarelli
AncientFaces so glad to have great company
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Kris LaBelle
I do this now! Heating tools don't work when you live in humidity. Haha. Rollers pull my hair too much. Pin curls work wonderfully
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Gwen Saylor
I remember this, too! And we later used mini beer cans to help smooth and straighten our hair. Following that we ironed our hair with a scarf on top of it.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Dorothy Laird
We didn't use the tissue paper.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Frances Luther
My grandma told me also that they used peices of cloth.....wrapped it tightly, and made curls.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Linda Eaton
I think they did have non electric curling wands in the late 1800s early 1900s; they put on a heat source. But before then, I also read they used strips of cloth and then twisted and rolled their hair up that way. You can see it sometimes in historical movie dramas.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Roslyn McLendon
The kitchen stove, heat your iron or curling iron.
Saw a girl use one to iron her hair, very interesting cause her hair was na turally curling and she hated it.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Jackie Lobenthal
Yes
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Sarah Elizabeth Flood
Yep. If you've read Little Women there's a part where Jo is curling Meg's hair with an iron and she leaves it too long and scorches her hair. The book was set in the 1860s.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Jennifer Heyser
As a young girl, my mother would have to sit while my grandmother wrapped her hair in rags; she did that a few times to my hair when I was young to show me what it was like. Time consuming and tedious but the curls were gorgeous and they lasted a long time.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Melanie Clarke
Pipe cleaners or rags were sometimes used..
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Elizabeth Parish
It's a hair piece...
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Sonja Skirka-Harwood
Lots of rag curls, hair insets and to finish the pile off- the coal heated curling iron.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Lucy Raubertas
Yes hair pieces heavily used then
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Sharon Burns
Rag curls maybe? Sometimes they held with sugar water, or they did have pomades.
Whatever it was you weren't washing it too often, so...
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Susie Stoddard
OH yes. We made curls like that in the 30s and 40s with rags. Bit of a skill to get them the way you wanted them.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Madeline Gunderson Bregman
She might have had very curly hair to begin with and it was only a matter of "taming" the curls.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Sheridan Fenwick
Put the iron in the fire ..heat it then curl
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Laura Harmon Vickers
Rag curls I betcha . That's how I curled my stick straight hair and it would stay curly a very long time .
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Nancee Hardcastle Gray
Don't you remember "Little House on the Prairie" where they tied rags in the hair to curl it? The little rich girl had them in.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Jean White
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Ladies,,,curling before Bedtime! Tear pieces of material into 6"by 2",,,wrap a piece of paper,,usually brown sack paper,, around each String! Pick up the end of a of strand hair, dampen it a bit with water,, roll to where you want curls to start!, Tie the string...go to bed..curls will be ready when you get UP, ladies went to a lot of effort to look good!, wonder what they would say,,,looking at all these awful heads of methsusa no styles today's world!
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Linda Virtue
They had curling irons. Heated on the wood-burning stove. They had several so they didn't have to wait for one to heat.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Esther Evans
They had curling irons, they just weren't electric......you heated them on the stove just like you did the iron for pressing clothes (which weren't wrinkle-free, either)....haha
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Janet Klees Miller Gore
My daughter has her great-grandmother’s curling iron ... heated using a coal stove.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Esther Evans
I have one of the old irons for pressing clothes....I have no idea who it belonged to...it just showed up in the basement of the old house...
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Melissa Herman
They could be papillote curls, hair would be rolled in low pin~curls and tissue paper would be folded over them a special heated iron would be clamped on for a few seconds when cooled you would pull the tissue off and you would have tight long lasting coils.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Cathy Barker Kerr
They did have curling irons. They were long metal rods that they put in a fire to heat up. I saw one during a tour of a Georgia plantation house. I'm guessing it did take a good while to do it and that all methods mentioned were used.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Myrna Morrison
My grandmother did her hair this way. Just laid the curling iron on the top of the stove.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Myrna Morrison
Her curls are very tight. Probably curling iron not fabric rolled.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Jennie Marxer Pak
They also used hair pieces like today's extensions etc. Just pin them in place
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Jenni Tibbett Kellar
There was a "Marcel" curling iron even back then. Curling irons have apparently been around since Babylonian times (that history lesson was for free😬). Where there's a will there's a way...
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Cora Mae Ofstie
My mother had a curling iron that she put in the kerosene lamp chimney. Early 1920's. She said you had to take care not to burn your hair!
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Roslyn McLendon
Rags, strips of fabric make great fat curls
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
MaryJo Heibel Regier
Rag curls. For ringlets that hold. Strips of torn bedsheets are rolled into damp hair and slept on. Learned from my grandmother.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Megan Topping Walker
Rag curls! Tie wet hair up with strips of rags overnight and VOILA!
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Judy Marxer
Just keep several curling irons heating in the kerosene lamps. Easy peasy!
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Scilla Webb Robison
Rags
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Suzanne Artley
rag curls.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Joan Brown
They had curling irons...only they put them in the fire either in the fireplace or on the stove.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Brenda Goorhouse
There were curling irons then. They put them right in the fire, or on a stove.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Leah Roediger Torrez
The curling iron were actually heated on a coal or wood burning stove, just like the old clothing irons. Must've been so damaging to the hair.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Gina Kingsbury
They had curling irons they heated on wood stoves, like pressing irons.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Beryl Albertus
Also curling irons that look very much like the electric ones we have now, they were heated by placing the blades down the neck of an oil lamp. They got the hair a little smoky but did the trick.
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Gina Kingsbury
Beryl Albertus remember what happened to Jo's bangs in Little Women?
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Gina Kingsbury
Maybe it was Meg's bangs...
Oct 04, 2017 ·
Lynn Day
She had natural curly hair
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Peggy Evans
She probably tried to sleep with iron rods of hair wrapped around them every night to achieve this look. Women have suffered far too long in the name of beauty. I have always loved a clean, natural look.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Carol Line
They used curling irons made out of iron and heated in a fire, I believe.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Karen Frazer Foreman
The inventor of the curling iron remains unknown, but the first known patent for the improvement of the design was given to Sir Hiram Maxim on August 21, 1866 (Mottelay). While the curling iron was first patented in the 19th Century, the practice of hairstyling has been dated back to 2,000 BC ....(Stevenson 138). I had no idea :P
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Dorothy Laird
The curling iron was heated on a stove, just like the flat iron was.
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Bee Kerr
She may have used an iron of some sort (steam). But most likely cloth rags that were twisted round lengths of hair whilst damp
Oct 04, 2017 · Reply
Sally Roffey Ivison
Beautiful young lady x
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Diana Bish Hill
Dipity Do and wrapped in rags before bed. Having naturally curly hair helped!
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Lisa Wilie
My mother wrapped my hair in rags for that effect, like her mother and her mother before her .
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Lavera Potter
Not that long my grandmother could do it. She took strips of cloth and wrapped wet hair around it.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Jacqueline Foley-Bowen
Probably rag curls
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Patricia Shreeve
They could have been waxed.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Elizabeth Dykstra-Erickson
Curling irons. Here's a portable version for travel. [external link]
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Jane Thompson Gurley
Rolled on rags or pieces of leather ( later called "kidd" curlers) and slept on.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Cheryl Allen
As personal service (servants and slaves) became more expensive, personal care became more simplified. Women were frequently required to dress and coif themselves without help.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
David Lincoln Brooks
They DID have curling irons back then! They were placed in the fireplace to get them hot.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Linda S. Campbell-Fuller
They had a metal roller that you heated on the stove. Took a while just like ironing.
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Judy Schroeder Bingham
Yup! I'd guess sugar water. . .
Oct 05, 2017 · Reply
Kate Steele
They heated curling irons over an open fire!
Oct 06, 2017 · Reply
Patricia L Parcel
They had curling irons that were heated on the stove.
Oct 06, 2017 · Reply
EdrieAnne Broughton
They had curling irons and other hair implements...they were heated on the stove like irons for ironing clothes.
Oct 06, 2017 · Reply
Ann Parker
And a maid to do it for them
Oct 09, 2017 · Reply
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