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Bobby pins, Fort Collins and recession

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Bobby pins, part two.  Thanks to catfc a blogger in Fort Collins for offering more information on the “bob” hairstyle and bobby pins.  If you don’t read her blog called lostfortcollins, you should. 

She pointed out a song by Blind Alfred Read.  Reed was very religious, and could be thought of as an early “protest” singer.

He wrote. “Why Do You Bob Your Hair Girls?” that raged against women’s hairstyle fashion of the 1920s.   Here is part of the lyrics from Why do you bob your hair, girls?
You’re doing mighty wrong;
God gave it for a glory
                                               And you should wear it long .
                                              You spoil your lovely hair, girls,
                                              You keep yourself in style;
                                              Before you bob your hair, girls,
                                             Just stop and think a while.

I found another song he wrote in 1929 when the stock market was crashing.  Check this out:

How Can I Poor Man Survive Such Times and Live? Lyrics: 

There once was a time when everything was cheap,
But now prices nearly puts a man to sleep.
When we pay our grocery bill,
We just feel like making our will.

What goes around, comes around?

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Bobby pin — origin of the word

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Bobby pins?
I am starting a new category on my blog called word origins.

I got an email from SAMUPA who I know personally.  She wanted to know the origin of the item called the bobby pin.  I can only assume this is an accessory she used as she was growing up.  Since she is rumored to produce lots of yummy baked good, I figured I would do this, and be rewarded with a lifetime supply of breads, cakes, muffins, cookies, etc.

Ok, here is the scoop on the bobby pin.

In the 1920s (right SAMUPA?), it became trendy for women to cut their hair short and set it tightly against their head in a wavy pattern called bobbed hair, or a “bob.”  To hold the hair in place they used a double-pronged hairpin that slid into hair with the prongs open and then the flexible prongs closed over the hair holding it in place

A unique feature of the bobby pins is its ability to look almost invisible since it is, or was, available in black, brown, bronze, blonde and gray to go with all hair colors.  (This was before red, purple and blue hair.)

Bobby pins are still used today for all kinds of hairstyles including buns, up-dos and twists.  A trademark on the term “bobby pin” was held for some decades by Smith Victory Corporation of Buffalo, New York.  The term is no longer a valid trademark, so go ahead and use it.

There are many other uses for this longstanding little metal loop.  In many old movies, they were used for picking locks. In Africa, bobby pins are sometimes used to repair defective sandals.  SAMUPA says they are better than q-tips for ear cleaning–her idea not mine.

Check out this blog about bobby pins and hair.

I will have more origins of words in the future.