Here’s a guest post from our good friend Phillis Ballew in Oklahoma. I asked her a while ago to tell me about her photo (above). Knowing she has stick-straight hair, like me, I wondered about the permanents. Below is Phillis’s explanation:
Patsy was our big black horse. I don’t remember where she came from but we’d had her as long as I could remember at that young age. Anyway, this picture came about because mother found a little extra money and took my sister and I to town to the beauty shop and we had our first permanents. One reason I wanted a permanent was that the coach’s daughter, Jane, who was in my class had beautiful long curls…and my hair was extremely straight. Now I could be as beautiful as Jane, or so I thought. And dear old Patsy was right by the fence to greet us when we returned with our new crowning beauty!