Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Crowning Glory: The Long and the Curled of It

There was a little girl
Who had a little curl
Right in the middle of her forehead;
And when she was good
She was very, very good,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

(My mother used to recite this poem to me when I was a little girl... probably because I actually had the hairdo that Longfellow described. Hopefully not because I was horrid.)

The photo, above, is of my great-grandmother - and namesake - Elizabeth Marie "Bess" (Delaney) McGraw. When she was a young girl, her hair truly was her crowning glory... and she had a lot of it.

I can only recall meeting her once in my life. I was still quite young myself, and she'd been ill for a long time.

But if I remember correctly, she still had her long hair... completely white and pinned up in a bun.

Copyright © 2008 by Elizabeth O'Neal


More about Elizabeth Delaney's family.

McGraw, Elizabeth Marie (Delaney). Photograph. ca. 1910. Digital image. Privately held by Elizabeth O’Neal, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Santa Barbara Co., California. 2008.

Article composed for the 5th Edition, Smile for the Camera: Crowning Glory.

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1 comment:

Msteri said...

I should say she had a lot of hair, I wonder if she got headaches from it? Great picture!