Posted by Gayle on July 15, 1998 at 20:16:39:
In response to Two questions: chariots and powder, written by Helen on July 15, 1998 at 13:33:56
] My second question comes from reading Nicholas Nickleby written 1838-9, which features many elderly gentlemen with powdered hair. Does anyone know the dates for powdering - when did it come in, when did it go out, and when did old men stop having powdered hair?
I asked my hubby about this as he's a great fan of Chas. Dickens and has read most of his novels and a number of critical works and biographies on Dickens. He tells me that first of all, Dickens often set his novels in the not-too-distant past. So, go back a few years. He thinks you are probably referring to the Brothers Cheeryble. These two older gentlemen appear toward the end of the novel. They are based upon real twins who worked their way up from poverty and gave benevolently to a lot of causes. The Cheeryble Brothers were old-fashioned, and that would account for the powdered hair. Hope this helps some.
- powder yetta 08:54:33 7/16/98 (6)
- powder & wigs Gayle 09:01:23 7/18/98 (5)
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