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A Rainy Day, Beauty for Duty & a Snood to make

It’s a rainy day here today – more like tigers and elephants than cats and dogs – my downstairs laundry is flooding, and the pool has overfilled. It’s definitely too wet to go out and get groceries, so I am making do rather than stocking up.  The ox-tail stew is simmering, and the vegies for tomorrows ‘Woolton Pie,’ and I just made the family fried bacon and potatoes for lunch. 

I’ve just finished a wonderful book on WWII and the homefront (Readers Digest), and now am continuing watching ‘Coal House at war’ on youtube (with headphones so I can hear over the rain and thunder), and hoping the power won’t go out. Again. Episode 5 is interesting, with the debate over rabbit for dinner, and the women treating themselves to a mobile hairdresser and doing their bit of ‘Duty for Beauty.’  Women were encouraged to wear cheery lipstick and look pretty for their, and other, men – although lipstick and powder had to be used sparingly, and perms were frowned upon as a waste of chemicals and energy, resulting in women looking at other ways to curl their hair.  

Image 1942

‘Victory rolls’ became popular, as women could do them with pipe cleaners rather than the hard to buy bobby pins (as metal was needed for the war effort), and the style kept hair off the face, important for war work and housework.  And the style could last a few days, looking nice for going out Saturday night and at church on Sunday, and then the back caught up in a scarf or snood for the working week. 


This snood has a bow for a bit of extra glam, but it can be made without. This pattern is from the March 1942 issue of the Australian Women’s Weekly.





So now I just have to remember how to crochet! In the meantime, I might just order one from the lovely Miss Chrissy at the Lindy Charm School for Girls.

Of course the other V-rolls were for the back of the hair, and made famous by Veronica Lake in the movie So Proudly We Hail! (1943) , who was at the peak of her career and popularity at the time of this film’s release.  During the war many female army nurses an even factory workers emulated her famous peekaboo hairstyle, something that caused a bit of a safety issue, and Lake herself chose to change the style to a more practical one for this film. You can see the video looking at this hairstyle here, and this is  a still from the video showing the finished style. It really looks like a V!Image

You can buy a special hair sponge to create this look easily, from here.

If you try out victory rolls or a snood, let me know!


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

4 responses »

  1. Hope your power’s staying on!

  2. A lot of women in America wore their hair in what was known as a Frances Lankford roll, similar to the style in the snood photos, well into the 1980s. You could pretty much tell their age by the way they wore their hair.

  3. Reblogged this on quirkywritingcorner and commented:
    Snood is such an odd sounding name, but I think I like it better without the bow.


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