This year the 1940s census was released to the world.
Hurrah, Hooray, Yippee!
This was great big news for Ancestry.com. To celebrate this historic event, A.com decided to theme their annual employee Christmas party around the 1940s--complete with big band, crap tables, toys for tots (started in the 1940s), It's A Wonderful Life, and 1940s apparel.
I was beyond excited. I was already excited to be able to go to a big company Christmas party (I've heard legendary stories about such events)--but discovering that it was themed 1940s and we were "encouraged to come in 1940s formal dress" with prizes for the best costumes made it exactly my kind of party.
I went to work researching 1940s apparel, hair, and makeup. I fortunately pulled out a black dress from my costume rack that I thought would do the trick. But I knew that the real selling point would be the hair. And that was my big project yesterday.
It started at 7:30am like this:
|Painstakingly putting in alternating rows of pin curls|
And this is the look I sported for the majority of the day:
On my to-do list was a trip to Target. I had to let my hair set, so yes indeed--I took a scarf and wrapped it about my head to go to the store. I looked like an old lady with rollers and Robert had numerous fits of laughter. But you do what you have to do!
Then right around 5pm I took out the pins and went to work on creating the 1940s masterpiece
|Right after all of the pins and clips were out--yikes, Shirley Temple! Notice the 1940s eyebrows|
After a surprisingly short amount of time brushing, molding, and pinning, here is the final product:
|waves in the back|
And this one turned out a bit fuzzy, but I think that makes it look even more like a period photo!
My excitement must have leaked, because all of a sudden Robert was asking for suspenders and looking up "men's 1940s hair" on google images. I'm glad I happened to have a "cigar" that puffs and everything for his gangster look!
|don't mind the boxes and baby toys in the background...|
We made quite the couple! We didn't win any costume prizes, but boy we had fun dressing up and hitting the town.
And now, in the words of Judy Garland, have yourself a merry little Christmas!