Powder, wigs, Franklin and plumbing
Posted by Linden on July 18, 1998 at 19:16:25:
In response to powder & wigs, written by Gayle on July 18, 1998 at 09:01:23
Two other reasons for the decline in powder and wigs, as well as the tax:
1. When Benjamin Franklin was appointed US Ambassador to France (1776-1785) he wore his hair "natural." (according to Bronowski's BBC mini-series "The Ascent of Man" this was because he was in a hurry). He was seen as a representative of the new world, and set a trend.
2. Improved plumbing allowed people to wash their hair more easily, and a thick layer of powder was a no-no.
The 18th century stinks!
- Makes sense to me! Thanks for sharing! (nfm) Gayle 13:03:06 7/19/98 (0)
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