The Galleon, Volume 2, Number 2, March 1926 Page: 39
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The Passing of the Hairpin
The hairpin with all of its
'varied and sundry' uses is rap-
idly passing. It is taking up a
permanent abode in the silent
halls of oblivion-'yet not to its
eternal resting place does it re-
tire alone.' It shall go to take a
place with the family album, the
wire bustle, and the stately
stage coach. All these had their
uses, but passed away; just as
this little wire object, which
has been such a necessity to
woman for her adornment and
household usage since the dawn
of civilization, will soon lay
down in its last sleep.
Will there be those to mourn?
Will there be a child whose
mother has 'digged and delved'
in his ears with a hair-;pin on
Saturday night in order that he
is spotlessly clean on Sunday
morning who will shed bitter
tears when they are gone? Will
the woman of today who loves
freedom more than all, and be-
lieves that beauty comes from
'simplicity, break down and sob?
Ah, no! These will laugh when
they are gone.
Yet the cries of the hairpin
manufacturer, whose business
is ruined and who is forced to
take up the barber trade to earn
his daily bread, will be bitter
until he sees the advantages of
he new regime. The old fash-
ioned woman who refuses to
give up .her 'crowning glory'
;and !clings to the hairpin will
shake her head with grief, but
sooner :or -later join the ranks
with the shorn-tressed ones and
gather to her side those who in
their turn shall follow her. The
mother who insists that clean-
liness is next to Godliness will
find it hard to give up her tor-
tuous instrument, as will the
mother who uses it for every-
thing from removing shoe but-
tons from baby's nose to making
burglar alarms when her hus-
band is away from home--yet
all these will find a substitute.
The busy housewife who saves
plumber bills by stopping drain
pipes and gas stoves valves
with hairpins will frown at tak-
ing up the tools of man. Never-
theless, sustained and soothed
by an unfaltering trust in life
and fate, all people must take
up the new order of things and
mourn no more for the hairpin.
The hairpin is undoubtedly
passing. No longer do we see
new brands advertised in maga-
zines, special displays made of
them in stores, and seldom do
we find one of the sidewalk
where it has fallen from the
hair of some undaring member
of the fairer sex. The barber
scissors and clippers are under-
mining the life of the hairpin.
Oh, that collectors of curios
might realize this fact before it
is to late, and preserve for pos-
terity a few interesting speci-
mens of the Ihairpin.
Artist: Stand still, cutie.
Model: Can't; cootie.
Departing :Stude: Well, so'
long 'old timer. Hope you have
a nice time at Niagra. I'll iook
for you in the fall.
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