When I traveled with my kids to Baker City for the 1A State Basketball playoffs, I called ahead and was given a special tour of the Leo Adler House. The sweetest lady led Liz and me throughout the great-old house that was built in 1875.
Leo Adler, a door-to-door magazine subscription salesmen, died a bachelor without any children and left the town 22 million dollars and his house.
Ehhemmm! Cough. Yes, 22 million you heard me right. And that tidy little sum is much larger now.
But he isn’t what I’m blogging about.
This little dish is what makes my eyebrows raise. Do you know what it’s used for?
…To collect hair.
Women would gather the hair that naturally shed or brushed out and they would twirl it around the tip of their index finger and place it in this little jar to be used for crafts.
This kind of hand-craft called hair art.
They would make this to give as gifts for engagements, weddings, births, or bereavements—to remember any kind of special occasion.
It’s elaborate almost like lacework, but I just can’t get past it. EEEEeeeewww! Shudder. It’s hair.
I guess they get the “Most Impressive” award for upcycling hair.
I think the only thing heart-warming about hair art is remembering my Great Grandmother’s habit of twirling a loose hair or thread around her finger in just such a way. Now I know why.