What got me started on this....
Posted by Caroline on September 16, 1998 at 17:02:50:
In response to I bet that..., written by The Mysterious H.C. on September 16, 1998 at 14:35:40
] ...men who were completely or almost completely bald didn't go blatantly exposing their chrome domes for all to see all that often, since they could have still worn wigs even after most other men had given them up, and anyay all men wore hats most of the time in public.
Agreed, and I think that if you consider that wigs had been worn regularly since the time of Chas.II (Samuel Pepys and the plague comments comes to mind here), it would be no hard thing for men with less-than perfect hair to carry on in the old way.
It was a bit at the beginning of Cranford that got me started on this. The book switchbacks all over the time between about 1790 and 1850, so it's hard to date any particular comment . It starts off with the Captain accidentally losing his wig, (which brings into my mind one of those big grey things) and then you find out later that it's a dark brown 'Brutus' wig (presumably in the 'Brutus' or Roman hairstyle).
Anyway, don't burst your buttons looking for such a thing. I was just wondering whether baldness was not the done thing at all, and whether all those wonderful portraits of beautiful heads of hair were really wigs!
Now, a little receding in the front would be expected to be visible more often,
Yes, and you do see this. But finding a really bald head seems impossible!
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