Extreme space age hairdos of yesteryear

Presumably this old Pathe reel showing women getting huge armatures with planetoids on them inserted into their hair by men wielding combs with sparklers on them and strange electric shock devices is some sort of elaborate piss-take. Though maybe I'm wrong and there was a time when the women of Wokingham, Berkshire, really did wear their hair that way.

Space Age Hair Fashions (via The Mary Sue)


  1. It looks to me like it could be a tie-in to the 1962 world’s fair (hosted by Seattle, Washington (Extra-proud resident)) A lot of this kind of drek was produced during the leadup, not just in Washington, but Chicago and other cities in the U.S. got into the “Spacefaring” spirit as well.  I wouldn’t be surprised if English towns also thought it was a big deal too.  It was the World’s Fair after all.

    Unless anyone didn’t know (I’m sure everyone knows, and doesn’t care since it was 50 years ago), the Spaceneedle was built for the world’s fair, along with the grounds of the Pacific Science Center, and the arches therein.

    1. I’m pretty sure that most people in the UK have no idea what the worlds fair is, unless they heard about it in a movie. Space needle or no space needle.

      I think the whole spacey future thing was quite culturally broad at that time.

    2. One of my favorite facts about the Seattle World’s Fair:  The Midway was called the “Gayway”.  For realz.    :)

  2. This was long enough before actual space travel that it could live comfortably in the realm of science fiction. You can be sure that if a spaceship were included in this film ,it would have been cigar shaped.

    1. What do you mean by “actual space travel”? The mention Gagarin in the video, so it’s obviously made after he orbited the earth in 1961.

  3. I’ve been to Wokingham. Recently. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the women there did once, or still do wear their hair like that. 

  4. Looks like from this, and the next three main page articles, Cory got the late Saturday early Sunday shift. The arc from tongue-in-cheek retro puff piece to concerns over 1984 style corporate/government control/disdain for the rights of the individual  by 4 a.m. is very telling.

    1. I don’t know if these times take into account where Cory’s located – I don’t think they do – and he’s in England, right? I think the times displayed for me are for my time zone, but I’m not sure. Either way, if they don’t account for it, it looks like he got up very early Sunday his time and went on a post spree. Nice for me to wake up to on my Sunday. :)

  5. Why aren’t we all dressing like that now? It’s the future, right? It would be so much easier, and so much more awesome. But everybody would have to do it at once, I’m not going first.

  6. Who knew Henry Kissinger was once a hair salon greeter? Another spritz to add to my party-stopping imitations of him.

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