I stumbled across these two women in a documentary we were watching and was in absolute awe of the lady on the lefts hair, so much so that I had to try and photograph her for posterity. I wonder how much hair lacquer (using a word long since discarded and used frequently by my nan) she got through in a week? Andy rightly pointed out what a fire hazard she was too ..
It then got me to thinking about the hair and make up regime of my nan. She didn't have a sit down dressing table, hers had drawers to the floor and four small ones either side, so she would kneel on the floor. I always remember the two big drawers would hold bedding and the top drawer to the left held candles for the blackouts, despite there not being any at that time but I suppose habits are hard to break and the right top drawer held handkerchiefs. Anyway, she would kneel before the dressing table and would apply pancake from a small tube and powder, then bright red lipstick. Her hair would be teased upward and then liberally dowsed in hair lacquer, of which there was always a large tin to hand. If it was a daytime outing she would put on one of the chiffon hair scarves I now have and would always tie them in a knot under her chin, tucking the ends in neatly and the scarf would be held in place on the sides by hair grips which lived in a little fake tortoiseshell box, while the back would flap about in a peak over her huge hair! I saw, in a drama about Ian Brady and Myra Hindley, an old lady in a white chiffon scarf, sans false teeth, heckling the pair as they were taken away, "Bleeders! Bleeders!" she yelled. Now there's another word you don't hear too much of these days. My nan's one was "Beggar orf!"
And the fake tortoiseshell box, well that is now mine and still used for the same purpose -
Did your mum, nan or even older sister have a steadfast beauty regime?
And what are some words or phrases your family used that you don't hear so much of these days. I was in my hometown of Portsmouth a few years back and passed by a man calling his son a dinlo which made me laugh to myself, as I hadn't heard the word since I was little; I used to hear it all the time. It's even on a map of slang in the city museum.
Dinlo is a term used in the Portsmouth area for someone who is thick or stupid, perhaps of naval origin. Derivatives: Dinney
"Shut your face you dinlo", "When I said that they all looked at me as if I was being dinney"