MANUSCRIPT RECEIPT BOOK seemingly once belonging to a professional beautician and containing a number of recipes for a range of hair and beauty treatments, with the name ‘M Wilson 9 Carter Street, Uttoxeter, Staffs and The Glebe Doveridge Derbyshire’ in pencil, n.d. but ca. 1920s/30s.
1920. Ruled note book, 4to, ff. 138; about a quarter of the leaves used and neatly penned, though sometimes in a slightly illegible hand, in either blue or brown ink with 14 home-made ‘tabbed’ sections created by owner and labelled in brown ink; tabbed extremities somewhat soiled and browned, with further occasional light foxing; A charming and evocative survivor. A personalised receipt book seemingly belonging to a trainee beautician from the north of England. The ruled note book has been adapted by the owner, presumably the ‘M Wilson’ noted on the front paste down, and who has created of a number of tabbed sections along the outer margin, to enable them to quickly refer to a range of recipes and hints for shampoos, brighteners, dyes, ‘packs’, massage creams, lotions, manicures, and for ‘P.W’ (permanent waves)’. From the tone of some of the notes taken down, it may well be that the notes are based upon a lecture course taken by a student beautician. In the ‘High Frequency’ section, although not entirely legible, a number of suggested pieces of apparatus have been noted down, together with purchase price and the name of the manufacturer. Although we cannot completely make out the model in question, it was made by Dexter’s - a manufacturing firm located at ‘28 Percy St, Tottenham Court Rd’ who specialised in making hair dryers and high frequency hair vibrators - long used by hairdressers to help stimulate and promote hair growth.
Condition: in cloth backed red boards, all edges marbled, a little scuffed and sunned with faint dampstain on rear board, head and tail of spine nicked and worn, extremities a little dog-eared.