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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Hive Mind: 1961

The Hive Mind: 1961

Sept. 18, 1961. New York. "Helena Rubinstein, 655 Fifth Avenue. Hair dryers." This looks as regimented as anything the Army had to offer, although I do spy one nonconformist wearing flats. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Times have changed

These days, every one of them would be fiddling with her smartphone.

They look so bored

Why aren't they at least offered a magazine to read while they dry?!

Immigrants

They appear either to be from France or The Borg.

Alternate option

Manalto-- Do consider that these lovely ladies could have paid for this indulgence with their own hard-earned dollar or, if they didn't have a full-time paying jobs, the work they did in the home earned it.

Conehead paradise

I'm thinking Beldar would have a fun time playing ring toss in this room.

Rod Serling?

Didn't I see this in an episode of the Twilight Zone?

Lifestyle

They will outlive the husbands who have funded this indulgence by many, many years.

It's Inevitable

If my hair salon experiences are any indication, as soon as you're engaged in the part of the process to make you more attractive that makes you look the least attractive, a good-looking guy will walk through the salon.

Borg

They appear to be plugged in to the collective, and are regenerating. Resistance is futile.

 
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