Waves seemed to continually be at the forefront in the 1930ís. You would have seen diagonal waves in the back of a head, with small
tiny flat curls above and below the waves. There would have been attractively set pin curls nestled around a wave and a cluster of
rolls. Sometimes, you would have seen waves begin from the top of the ladies head and go all the way down until they are met with a
cluster of pin curls. This was considered very appealing at this time, and so it was. This was an era of sophistication and elegance.
Every hair was to be in place, just like their hemlines and should you have opened up any dresser drawer in their homes, the smell of
lavender sachets would have filled the room. The working people did not own a lot of things. The materials they did have, they carefully
took care of, so they would last the many years to come. It was a time of saving and no waste. Very little was thrown out, but rather repaired or saved.
The 1930ís brought spell bounding news upon the scene of every year. In 1936 many can remember the devastating effect heard around the
world when Edward the VIII willingly gave up his throne to marry the love of his life Mrs. Wallis Simpson.
Back to hats. They were so important in that day and age, it was known as a mandatory accessory. My own grandmother once had a
millinery shop where she would design hats for the ladies who were in need of a hat. Some of the feathers that went out from some of
those hats were at least three feet long. Like I said, their hats always accommodated their hair. There would be times when you would
see a half circled wave in the very front of the head that would twirl about making a spiral curl that would appear as an ornament for
the hat. The rest of the hair would be all brushed back into a roll. Then, there were finger or water waves that began from the front
and went all the back to the bottom of the head. That included the sides. Everything was waves.
There were also waves that; again,
began in the front and would become a circle all around the head. This was known as the Saucer Wave. Another type of wave that was so
famous during that time was The Sculptor Wave. This style would begin with a center or half part with horizontal waves beginning just
below the part and ending with a cluster of round pin curls that would circle the ears. When I say waves were in, I mean; they were
seriously in vogue! You were no one unless you had your head filled with those zigzag curves rippling across your head. There were
many angled waves placed carefully into the patrons hair with large swooping curls toward the face.
Gentlemen should not be left out of this most important era and the men kept their hair clipped up quite short. It would be unheard of
to have long hair in the thirties and when men would go to their favorite barber, they would also get a shave and a shoe shine. Hats were
just as important to men than women and they would not be seen without one on their head when they left their house. They would strive
to find a bowler that would match their chesterfield coats. Remember the cartoon of Dick Tracey? He used to wear a snap brim fedora and
his side kick Moon used to wear the bowler. Humphrey Bogart used to wear the snap brim fedora as did our infamous Clark Gable. All this
time, the men would wear their hair clipped close around the ears and slicked back on the top. They were dapper and debonair! Rarely
would you see any gentlemen wear a beard during this time, however moustaches were very much in, as the movie goers would swoon over
Don Amecheís pencil moustache.
Although, when we look back to this era it appears glamorous and exciting but it would be good for us to remember, these were the years
of the Dust Bowl, when the mid-western part of the United States were without rain and farms literally dried up and blew away. The years
of the depression and war took a toll on the people who were trying to survive during this time. When Hollywood brought such stars as
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour to lift up the hearts of the troops over seas; they gave them
a ray of hope from home and as it has always been, when you seem to be at your lowest ebb; you find strength through each other to laugh once again.