Saturday, June 1, 2013

LHM: Ferol Tibbetts Cuts Her Hair

Pre-bob Ferol Tibbetts (right)
Mary [Tillie] Hayward (left)
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Post-bob Ferol Tibbetts
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In our collection we have about 10 daily journals kept by Ferol Tibbetts Jess written starting in 1923. While the journals contain a lot of basic daily notes (sewing, washing, visiting friends) they also contain wonderful tidbits about what it was like to be a 20-something during the 1920s.
 
One note that has helped more than imagined was an entry in Ferol's typed journal while attending Washington State College (now Washington State University.):
 
Bobbed my hair. Like it pretty well. Letter from Mother.” – College diaries, Mon, Jan 15, 1923.

We have many pictures of Ferol Tibbetts, some pre-bob and others with her stylish bobbed and marcelled hair. Her exact date of when she cut her hair has allowed us to better date the pictures in our collections.
 
 
 
Alice Pedegana (left)
Ferol Tibbetts (right)
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The earlier pictures of Ferol and her friends all feature the same hairstyle which seems to be a large pouf on top of the head and two small chignons over the ears. We much prefer the bob.
 
Cleaned up, curled Mary’s [Tillie's] hair.” – Book I, Friday, July 13, 1923
 
Ferol's chopping of her locks while away at school is something most college-aged women can probably relate to. Luckily, Ferol came of age during a time when women were really changing what they did and said, what they wore, and how they spent their time.
 
Went to Renton with Mary and Tillie to get their hair marceled.” – Book I, Saturday, February 2, 1924.
 
 
Ferol Tibbetts (left)
Blaine Boyden (right)
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Pictures of Ferol with bobbed hair seem different than her earlier pictures - she smiles more and seems genuinely happy.
 
"6:00am. Been sitting around talking to Walter since 3:45. Sure is a hell of a life I am leading." - Book I, Sunday, July 22, 1923.
 
 

 







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