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A visit to the beauty salon in 1942

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Here’s a look back from the 1940s at some of the women at Francois de Paris, a hairdresser/beauty parlor on Eighth Street in New York City.

The photos show the ladies getting perms, dye jobs, manicures, sitting under hair dryers — along with a peek at the front desk staff running the business. All of these pictures were taken by photographer Marjory Collins in September 1942.


A manicure, ’40s-style

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A woman getting a manicure while she sits under a hair dryer

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A day at the beauty parlor: Front desk

Sign says “We cash no checks – we extend no credit. – Francois”

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Patron calling to book an appointment

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Getting a haircut

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Haircut

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A hair trim and style from 1942

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Reading a magazine while she waits for her hair to dry

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