The Hair Of The Dead

I’ve been pouring over these images of Victorian ladies with floor length hair for…I don’t know how long now. But can you blame me? They’re beautiful and mysterious and sad. I don’t know why I feel this surge of emotion for a collection of women, of strangers…but I do. I find it morbidly fascinating that not one of these woman is alive today. I wonder what happened after death. I wonder if they were put in their coffins blanketed with their own hair. I wonder if their hair was cut off to be gifted to family and friends in lockets. I wonder, I wonder, I wonder. To find a well written and deeply fascinating article about the role that long hair played in the Victorian era, move here.

UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1865:  A woman poses to show her long hair in a studio around 1865 in an unknown location.  (Photo Reproduction by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

UNITED STATES – CIRCA 1865: A woman poses to show her long hair in a studio around 1865 in an unknown location. (Photo Reproduction by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

circa 1870:  A woman with a locks of hair carefully curled and falling down her back.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1870: A woman with a locks of hair carefully curled and falling down her back. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1885:  Mrs Frampton combing her long hair with the help of a mirror.  (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

circa 1885: Mrs Frampton combing her long hair with the help of a mirror. (Photo by London Stereoscopic Company/Getty Images)

circa 1890:  Miss Milo combs her very long hair.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1890: Miss Milo combs her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1890:  Mrs Frampton proudly displays her very long hair.  (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

circa 1890: Mrs Frampton proudly displays her very long hair. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Portrait of a young woman with long hair almost to the floor, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

Portrait of a young woman with long hair almost to the floor, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

Portrait of Fanny Cornforth (1824-1906), model and housekeeper for the artist DG Rossetti. Ca. 1865.

Portrait of Fanny Cornforth (1824-1906), model and housekeeper for the artist DG Rossetti. Ca. 1865.

Portrait of a young woman with very long hair, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

Portrait of a young woman with very long hair, circa 1900s. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

ca. 1914-1919 --- Very Longhaired Woman --- Image by © CORBIS

ca. 1914-1919 — Very Longhaired Woman — Image by © CORBIS

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