At last the long-haired youth has cut and styled her hair, and wants to
be a mature woman. This style was to be characteristic of the twentieth
century, combining both the shortness of a convenient lifestyle
(convenient to the working woman and the busy mother in a technological
age), and the soft and fluffy mane of the woman who wanted to be
touched. The women with hair that was too short, like that of men, did
not want to be touched by anyone. The girl pictured here for the
romantic postcard is a girl-next-door beauty that any young man growing
up would want to have with him as he fought in the trenches of Europe.
He wanted his fellow soldiers to know that he was wanted back home, by a
loving gentle girl who cared for him enough to be willing to await his
return. Many of them did not return. The traveling soldier in foreign
lands during The Great War was apt to purchase a postcard like this to
remind him of who was back home waiting. The hairstyle of this
girl-next-door was the style created for the romantic. It was neither
austere nor frivolous, nor did it evoke thoughts of a plain Jane. Its
dimensions were correct in every way. This was the girl the boy wanted
to kiss, and to write home to, and to receive a letter from.
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