Saturday, April 26, 2014

What's New in Hair Dryers (in 1965 that is!)

I came across this article showing the different home hair dryer types available 1965 in the May Hairdo issue. It interesting to look at and might be a useful reference if you are looking planning to purchase a vintage dryer. (As always for a bigger view, right click with your mouse on the image and select View Image, then left click).

I have the Oster rigid hood dryer on this the first page. Its a great as an interesting piece of vintage, but not quite so good as a dryer.

 The GE dryer below is worth mentioning. They seemed to have moved to the heating element to the end of the hose just where it attaches to the bonnet to keep the hose cool. I'm not sure I would want a heating element that quite that close to my hair. Seems a bit dangerous!  What must have been the previous model of that dryer had the heating element in the main dryer body like all the others. I have one and its a great dryer, being remarkably quite. It also also a "reach in" bonnet so you can check or re-adjust your curlers without removing the hood, great for fixing that one roller that's just too tight. I'm not sure if the "improved" model below has the same feature.


  1. Hi Pete. Thanks for finding me on Pinterest. I remember my mother using one of these portable hair dryers. As a matter of fact, I used it a few times as young girl -- in preparation for some social event. I remember it being very hot.

    I am writing a novel set in a small northern town. The women's social hub is the downtown salon so I am collecting reference images. Will be sure to visit again.

    1. Interesting! Once your novel is published, please let me know what its called. It sounds like an interesting read!

    2. Hello again, Pete. I just posted a nostalgic piece about a small town salon I worked at in the late seventies. I think you might get a kick out of it -- (Please feel free to delete after reading:))

  2. These pictures are a great resource to have! I am always amazed how many different gadgets existed that all fall under the rubric of "hairdryer", but I guess each had its advantages and disadvantages in terms of effectiveness, durability, and portability.

    Literally minutes ago I picked up a vintage Lady Schick dryer in a round red vinyl case that looks much like the Knapp Monarch Redi-Dryer in the final image. Whisper quiet, and doesn't smell strange (which is a miracle considering its age). I'll write up a review in the next week or so!

  3. What a neat find! Looking forward to your review. I'll post a link to it here when you have it on your blog.

  4. How interesting information on 1965’s best hair dryers! My mother also used these types of hair dryers. I used to use that on special occasions. Anyways, thanks for this great article!