CDV: Girl with Hairnet, c. 1862-64

Girl with Hairnet, c. 1862-64

CDV: Girl with Hairnet, c. 1862-64

Girl with Hairnet, backmark

CDV: Girl with Hairnet, backmark

Backmark: “E.G. Gordon, Photographer, Williams’ Block, Cor. Madison & Elm Sts., Skowhegan, ME. The Negative from which this Picture was taken is preserved, and duplicates can be furnished at any time.”

Date: c. 1862-64

Subject: Profile of a Girl

Location: Skowhegan, Maine

Dress: This girl’s dress has small, decorative buttons on the center-front opening. She wears a short white standing collar pined or basted to the neckline of her bodice, and a brooch at the center.

Hair: Her hair is center-parted and combed straight back and down from the face, behind her ears, and into a mass of braids pinned up at the nape of her neck. A fine, plain hairnet helps keep it tidy.

Girls wore their hair short (in what we would now call a bob) until early adolescence, when they began to grow it out and pin it up in the same fashion as women. The large amount of hair this girl has indicates that she may be using false braids to supplement her still-growing locks.


3 Responses to “CDV: Girl with Hairnet, c. 1862-64”

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  2. the hairneet she is wearing is called a snood. funny name!

  3. The word snood is ancient; according to the OED it originated in Scotland and was “a band or fillet used to bind the hair.” It was not in use in America during the 19th century. Instead, they called them simply “hairnets” or “nets”. “Snood” came back into use as a word for hairnet in the 20th century.

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