|Pre-bob Ferol Tibbetts (right)|
Mary [Tillie] Hayward (left)
|Post-bob Ferol Tibbetts|
In our collection we have about 10 daily journals kept by Ferol Tibbetts Jess written starting in 1923. While the journals contain a lot of basic daily notes (sewing, washing, visiting friends) they also contain wonderful tidbits about what it was like to be a 20-something during the 1920s.
One note that has helped more than imagined was an entry in Ferol's typed journal while attending Washington State College (now Washington State University.):
“Bobbed my hair. Like it pretty well. Letter from Mother.” – College diaries, Mon, Jan 15, 1923.
We have many pictures of Ferol Tibbetts, some pre-bob and others with her stylish bobbed and marcelled hair. Her exact date of when she cut her hair has allowed us to better date the pictures in our collections.
|Alice Pedegana (left)|
Ferol Tibbetts (right)
The earlier pictures of Ferol and her friends all feature the same hairstyle which seems to be a large pouf on top of the head and two small chignons over the ears. We much prefer the bob.
“Cleaned up, curled Mary’s [Tillie's] hair.” – Book I, Friday, July 13, 1923
Ferol's chopping of her locks while away at school is something most college-aged women can probably relate to. Luckily, Ferol came of age during a time when women were really changing what they did and said, what they wore, and how they spent their time.
with Mary and Tillie to get their hair marceled.” – Book I, Saturday, February 2, 1924. Renton
|Ferol Tibbetts (left)|
Blaine Boyden (right)
Pictures of Ferol with bobbed hair seem different than her earlier pictures - she smiles more and seems genuinely happy.
"6:00am. Been sitting around talking to Walter since 3:45. Sure is a hell of a life I am leading." - Book I, Sunday, July 22, 1923.