Some days the rarest gems emerge from the archives; today was one of those days. A researcher was in, browsing through the Frank Keefer Photo Collection, and laughing he brought this photo to my attention:
Neither of us had ever seen a machine like this before but we assumed it was a perm machine. After a quick and dirty google image search I found that this was indeed an image of an antique perm machine.
Keefer was a photographer for the Frederick News Post and I tracked the photo down in Newspaper Archive. This photo ran in The News on May 31, 1957. The photo was captioned:
“The Ordeal in 1924 – Thomas J. Kiriakou, local beautician, shows equipment used when he gave his first permanent wave here in 1924. Sitting as a model is Miss Wilma Reese, this city. The ordeal took about eight hours.”
So what do you think? I personally would not let that machine within ten feet of my hair.