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Laurie Thomas Hairdressers

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We are looking for memories from the 1950s of Laurie Thomas hairdressers – a barbers and ladies salon based in Burnt Tree, Tividale Road, Tipton.

A part of our BCLM: Forging Ahead development project, we will recreate the hairdressers which will be part of the new 1940s-60s town which is due to open in 2022.

To help us in our recreation, we would love to talk to anyone with memories of the hairdressers. Do you remember Laurie Thomases? Did you or your parents go there to get the latest hair cut?

How to contact us:

  • Tel: 0121 557 9643
  • Email: collections@bclm.com
  • Post address: Collections Team, Black Country Living Museum, Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands DY1 4SQ

About Laurie Thomas Hairdressers

Established in 1904, Laurie’s was well-known and much-loved within the local community.  The shop was opened by Joseph Thomas and was taken over by his son, Laurence Arden Roland Thomas, known to many as ‘Laurie’. The family tradition has been carried on with Laurie’s grandson running a traditional barbers to this day in the same shop.

Laurie’s shop was small but bustling, with only two chairs for cuts. After Laurie married Phyllis Orton in 1933, she went to Birmingham College to study hairdressing and opened up a ladies’ salon in the back room. She was later joined in the business by her daughter, Kay

 

The post-war period saw new styles emerge in leading salons, often based around shorter hair than had been common before the war. However, this required more frequent, expensive haircuts and treatments. Therefore, in an age of austerity these styles were slower to catch on in areas such as the Black Country. The 1950s and 1960s saw tremendous growth in the hairdressing trade with working class women increasingly using hairdressers, spending more on their personal appearance than ever before.

 

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