The Jim Lane hat-hair posts have spawned at least three offspring in the blogosphere.
Dmitri Rotov has some thoughts.
So does Joshua Blair.
A most provocative post comes from the writer of Cromwell’s Warts. “Fortyrounder” gives some insight into why bad or careless hair styling is so prevalent in photographs of the era:
“…here is a passage from The Habits of Good Society, 1859:
It was at one time the fashion to affect a certain negligence, which was called poetic, and supposed to be the result of genius. An ill-tied, if not positively untied cravat was a sure sign of an unbridled imagination; and a waistcoat was held together by one button only, as if the swelling soul in the wearer’s bosom had burst all the rest. If in addition to this the hair was unbrushed and curly, you were certain of passing for a ‘man of soul’. I should not recommend any young gentleman to adopt this style, unless he can mouth a great deal, and has a good stock of quotations of the poets. It is of no use to show me the clouds, unless I can see you in them, and no amount of negligence in your dress and person will convince me you are a genius, unless you can produce an octavo of poems published by yourself.”
Food for thought.
And now that I DO think of it…
What’s the verdict? Carelessly unkempt, or masterfully manipulative?