Wednesday, July 30, 2008

VTT: Handy Hannah

Welcome to Vintage Thingies Thursday sponsored by Lisa, the Apron Queen. Stop by her blog to find links to all of the participants and see what they are showcasing this week. Maybe you can join us next Thursday!
I have several nifty things to share with y'all this week! Some are from my mom & some from my dad. They are all displayed in my powder room, along with my apothecary jar collection, which I will be sharing in the future. This room has no natural light, so colors may be distorted in some of these photos.
First up, my mom's hair dryer from high school, circa 1955. She even has her name on the fancy case. It still works! When we were kids in the 70s, she would set our hair in lovely pink rollers, sometimes the kind with foam, sometimes the kind that was a net-type roll covered with another roll. We would take turns sitting under this awesome dryer, attempting to watch TV, but the sound was so loud it was futile! You will notice the extreme portability of this device, which comes with a longer than usual electric cord, and a strap so the user can wear the control box like a purse and move around the room. How convenient!
Another way to dry one's hair would be what we today call the blow dryer. This one weighs 3 pounds! Handy Hannah is stored in her original box, with instructions to the retailer on how to display her to the best advantage! Like the first dryer, it still works!
Once your hair is dry, you need to give it some finishing touches for style. You could use one of my curling irons! Just lay it on the stove to get warm, then wrap your hair around it as you would with its modern-day counterpart. I've actually tried these just to see what it was like! The whole time I kept remembering the scene from the book Little Town on the Prairie where Laura burns half of her bangs off!
And finally, let's enhance all these curls by pulling them up and doing a fancy hair-do! This thing that looks like a baby gate stretches to different sizes and can have hair wrapped around and through it, secured with bobby pins, to make a variety of super-cool up-dos. The problem is, the joints of this gate grab hairs and taking it out is like waxing your head! And yes, I did try it, even after my mom told me not to!
That's it for this week! I encourage you once again to check out the other participants, and think about joining us next week!

49 comments:

Amy said...

oooh I DO love the pink hairdryer - I can't believe they actually use to use those :-)

The Apron Queen said...

I remember using those hair dryers as a kid. My sister & I would roll our hair in my Mom's curlers and walk around the house while blow drying our hair. My Mom's was an ugly green. I like the pink better. :)

Coloradolady said...

OMG, I so remember those hair dryers. I hated that thing. I was such a tomboy, and my mom would try and roll my hear on curlers and sit me under the dryer, just like the pink one....I hated it. But I love your pink dryer. That really took me back to a child... You have some great things here, just really enjoyed looking at them and reading your post.

Stephanie said...

How great! And everything even works still. I love the metal hair thingy. It does look like it would cause a lot of pain trying to get it out, but I could just imagine some really neat hair dos that required one of those.
Thanks for sharing and stop by my blog tomorrow for my prize puzzle giveaway!

Her Shabbiness said...

How cool! I remember my Nana had one of those pink suitcase blowdryers. Her and my mom both had the upright dryers you sit under. I remember having my hair rolled and sitting under it. I always thought it was very special. Those are fun Vintage Thingies you shared. Thanks!!

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How cool! I remember my Nana had one of those pink suitcase blowdryers. Her and my mom both had the upright dryers you sit under. I remember having my hair rolled and sitting under it. I always thought it was very special. Those are fun Vintage Thingies you shared. Thanks!!

Lidian said...

Those are SO cool! I love the Handy Hannah - and it is always so great when you have the original box for something, isn't it?

How do you put the baby gate thing on your head? It looks confusing!

Beth Ann said...

WOW!!!

Those are SOOOOO cool! I remember having (my mom) the pink one that is like a shower cap on your head...but Ive never seen the other two! I wold imagine you could really burn yourself if you weren't careful!
What a great powder room!
ps- I really want to see that hair baby gate thing in operation! I can't imagine how that would work!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

I sure remember the pink one--always wanted one like that! Makes one almost want to set and curl their hair!
Great vintage post!
Blessings to You!
Claudia O.

Gretchen said...

Just love the hair dryer!

Sonja said...

I remember wearing the pink one when I was little. My mom would either put the hard curlers in or roll my hair with paper towels. LOL

Justine said...

Holy cow, it is SO COOL that you have these from your mother's teenage years!!!!!!!! But my goodness, that last one look like a torture device! The hair dryer and blow dryer I just love. What neat things to get to display!

Justine :o )

Carrie said...

I remember having one of those walk-around hair dryers. Mine was blue. I used it in college and for many years following.

Jewelgirl said...

Yep my mom had one of those bonnet
style hairdryers, it took forever
to dry hair in them. I've never
seen a hand hairdryer like that,
but the curling iron looks familiar
except its missing a cord!! LOL

sista #2 said...

OMG i loved those big ass dryers! Thought I was so cool when I got to sit under one.

peace
#2

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