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NJ Sekela
05-30-2006, 12:12 PM
Friends:

In reference to a discussion on the AC forum regarding hair length, I wanted to offer the following images. From my observation, long hair tends to be a sign of "dandyism", as notables such as George Pickett were known to wear their hair longer, and was either perfumed or pommaded to a high sheen.

http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/sgtmajor.jpg

Presumably, one would have to be able to maintain and care for their hair, if it got to be that length.

Certainly the dashing young Ellsworth was conscious of his appearance, and wore his hair considerably longer than "high and tight".
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/ellsworth.jpg

Of equal length, but slightly unkempt is the representative from New York, Alfred Ely.
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/alfredely.jpg

INCIDENTALLY, there is another thread addressing the use of ribbon watch chains. It appears that wearing your watch by a long ribbon around your neck is a very early style, and would have been considered conservative by the 1860's. In addition, eyeglasses and pons ne, were secured with a ribbon and worn around the neck, which appears to be the case in the above image of Ely.

In reference to the "buzz" cut that others had pointed out, Kevin "Pat" McDermott had noted that it was the tough guy/"Punk Rock" hair cut of the 1860's. More often than not, one sees pictures of convicts, stevedors, and (heaven forbid) zouaves, wearing their hair in that fashion.

As one does not see inflexible rules with military haircuts, it appears to have as much to do with social class, as well as military regulation.

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tompritchett
05-30-2006, 12:22 PM
That and the company barber was wounded last month in battle and has not been released from the hospital yet.

ElizabethClark
05-30-2006, 09:03 PM
One key difference between these images, and the discussion on the AC forum is the definition of "long." Yes, these gents show "long" hair; the gentleman on the AC was discussion truly LONG hair (12-14" past the nape of the neck, in preparation to donating to Locks of Love)... quite a lot longer than the "long" hair above.

NJ Sekela
05-31-2006, 09:13 AM
Madam:

I understood the poster's question, but I also saw (pardon the pun)considerable grasping at hair lengths, and thought that a few images served to illustrate the point. I would also like to offer the following:

http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/100th.jpg

Youth also seemed to impact hair length. When one looks at an early image of General Reynolds, who was later killed at Gettysburg, you can definitely see his "hippie days".

http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/youngreynolds.jpg

and the more conservative General
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/oldreynolds.jpg

We would certainly be remiss in omitting the king of perfume and ringlets.
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/pickett.jpg

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NJ Sekela
05-31-2006, 09:22 AM
Owing to the four image limit. I wanted to add the following:

If there was anyone who quite possibly would have worn exceptionally long hair it would have been Corporal Pearce, who, being Chinese, most likely would have worn the top knot at some point in his life. What is to me most interesting of this photograph, is the importance of blending in to American culture, both in hairstyle as well as anglicizing his name. This appears to be the opposite of modern day individuality and individual expression. One also sees "civilized" native americans combing their hair in european/american greco-roman style.

http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/pierce.jpg

You do, however, see longer hair among the "indian fighters" of the west. Stand Waite, himself an indian, kept his hair longer...
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/waite.jpg

Elias Cornelius Boudinot was a Cherokee representative to the Confederate Government.
http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/ecb.jpg

Longer hair may VERY WELL have been the "in" thing for the frontiersman-type image. When you think about it, Buffalo Bill Cody also had longer hair.

Regarding the ribbon watch chain, note the image below of General Meade, which, as stated above, clearly shows his Pons ne on a ribbon arond his neck. Dig the cuff links!!

http://www.njsekela.com/szabo/hair/meade.jpg

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RJSamp
05-31-2006, 09:59 AM
No pictures of that black velvet befrocked dandy?

ElizabethClark
05-31-2006, 10:07 AM
Wonderful images, all! They show hair that's long for the period, but still well shorter than the 14" below the nape that's needed for the original discussion. With 12"-14" lengths, we'd not be seeing hair ending and curling on the shoulder--rather, at 12" to 14" below the nape it falls to the shoulder blades, ends not visible in a photograph unless some of the hair is deliberately arranged in front of the body.

There's no question that some men wore their hair "long" in comparison to "short" *as defined for the period.* This definition of "long" is still quite a lot shorter than mid-back, as was discussed on the A-C forum.

NJ Sekela
05-31-2006, 10:25 AM
Madam:

I understood the posting on AC. As I stated, there were others giving "kind of/sort of answers". Some of the respondents gave the "GI" haircut reply, citing army regulations.

MY POINT IS that men's hairstyles from the period conveyed a lifestyle. By studying photographs, one sees longer hair on dandys and frontiersmen. Carrying that over into your military impression, instead of issue items one would expect to find private purchase items.

If done properly, longer hair adds a very interesting impression.

Your conclusion is the one that would be draw from examining images. It appears that hair that long would be exceptional for any period.

The poster is doing a nice thing, and is trying to be period correct about it. At least he now has some general directions to go in.

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ElizabethClark
05-31-2006, 02:18 PM
Thanks for the clarification. I agree, that young man is doing something unique and nifty. Not many folks are so willing to do it, and it's definitely needed.

NJ Sekela
05-31-2006, 03:36 PM
I failed to express my sincerest thanks to Phil Katcher of Military Images for allowing the posting of his cover photos. His magazine is, and has been, a long time resource for amazing and unusal photographs of the 19th and early 20th centuries.

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NJ Sekela,
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