Women Getting their Hair Done at the Chez Marie Beauty Shop


This image shows women getting their hair done at a beauty salon in Miami, Florida in 1939, near the end of the Great Depression in the United States and on the eve of the outbreak of World War II. Women’s hairstyles were becoming longer and fuller as permanent waves (perms) became popular and more widely available. The modernist furniture and the use of technology to deliver a standard service were trends of the times. The photograph was taken by William Arthur Fishbaugh, who as a young man traveled widely, selling his first photographs while with the mounted policed in the Boer War (1899–1902), others taken in the Philippines in the Spanish-American War circa 1900, and images of the building of the Panama Canal in 1905–08. He became a commercial photographer, and he was active in Florida from the 1910s to the 1940s, originally in Tampa and, after 1917, in Miami.

Last updated: October 22, 2014