DUMBBELLS, EAR CAPS AND HAIR RESTORERS:
A Shopper's Guide to Gentlemen's Foibles - 1800s-1930s
After rereading “The Historian” for next month’s unofficial FFP
discussion (which I will try to write a review on later), I wanted
something light and quick and easy to read.
Caps and Hair Restorers: A Shopper's Guide to Gentlemen's Foibles -
1800s-1930s” features the must-haves for the gentleman-of-the-world in
the 19th century. It contains images of actual advertisements, from
Dunhills’ Bobby Finders - “Will spot a policeman at half a mile even if
disguised as a respectable man” - to my favorite, The Acme Mustache
Guard - “Solid Comfort While Eating. No Use for Napkins. Does not
interfere with free use of mouth.” (LOL!) - and reads like a brochure.
Think home TV shopping, only in book form.
The author also
inserts amusing comments and trivia, like how the Prince of Wales served
as the fashion icon of his time, even if he continued to commit several
faux pas! An interesting glimpse into everyday life in the 19th
century, and it makes one realize that men can be as vain about their
looks as women.
(Since I started to keep a book diary I’ve found
it easier to arrange my thoughts and impressions on the books I’ve read,
so thanks to Marie for the inspiration!)