Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Atomic Hairdos

Everything was atomic in the early 1950s--even hairdos...

Liliana Orsi and her atomic hairdo from a 1951 Acme Newspictures feature
The caption reads: IT ALSO LOOKS LIKE THE 90'S--Liliana Orsi, a 22-year-old beauty in Rome, Italy, displays her new atomic hairdo and the photo of the atomic blast which inspired it. It took a hair stylist 12 hours to arrange Liliana's coiffure, so it's not recommended for daily wear. It's an old fashion and something dangerously new.

Unfortunately, there is no image for this next report of an atomic 'do from the May 6, 1952 Albuquerque Tribune:
Yucca-Shaped Hair-Do Is First in Contest
The entry of a Carlsbad hairdresser placed first in the New Mexico Hairdressers and Cosmetologists Assn. convention parade yesterday.
The parade, featuring hair-dos and costumes representing important New Mexico features, climaxed the three-day convention at the Hilton Hotel.
Ella Rae Strong, whose model's hair was shaped like a yucca and whose costume depicted Carlsbad Caverns scenes, placed first.
Ruth Boydston and Pauline Dupree of Albuquerque's Linda Beauty Salon won honorable mention. Ruth Boydston's model represented Miss Atomic Bomb. Her hair was brushed into a mushroom explosion shape and had "steam" rising from it. The steam and vapor produced by dry ice... 



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