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Hair Album
Connecticut, 1838, 1870. Full Morocco. Very Good. Near miniature hair album, 10 by 7 cm. 11 hair locks or loops, a ribbon from Grandma's cap, and several pages of text.While the preservation of locks of hair was a common practice, with the inclusion of such locks in a scrapbook one of the ways such preservation was done, an album such as this devoted predominantly to such locks of hair, and with the hair then shaped into tracery loops and bands, had to have been much more unusual, and it is anyone's guess how many of such efforts have actually survived. This album thus qualifies a genuine curiosity and an unique example of Americana folk art and culture. Most of the samples are dated 1870, with the dates of birth given as well. Some of the people whose hair it is are identified by first name. The oldest sample is of someone who passed away in 1866, aged 79.A few lines of verse accompany some of the samples. One page of unrelated text, written by father Rowley, about a visit to Fort Griswold and the Groton Monument, which are in Groton, Connecticut, and we thus presume the album was created in Connecticut relatively nearby.
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