Another thing I found at the antique mall but didn't buy, (I'm regretting this now and may go back for it) was one of Eva Gabor's International Wigs in a box from 1972. Gabor was actually quite successful in not only acting, but also in the marketing of clothing and beauty products, and to top it off (literally) she found major success with her own line of head wigs, which are apparently still in production today. Learn something new everyday!
Now when I first saw this box on the floor of the vendor booth, with its strikingly simple, two color design, and black and white photo, plus the tombstone shaped cut-away window with just a peek of silver hair visible, I was hoping to maybe find a wax Eva Gabor head inside. You know, like those cool old salon school mannequin heads. "What's in the box?!" I wondered aloud, like Brad Pitt in the chilling climax of Se7en. Slowly, I took a deep breath, and lifted the lid:
Just a wig, and very similar to the ones that I remember my grandmother working on back in the 70's when she was the Head Wig Stylist for Zayre department stores here in STL (more on that in another post someday.) But to be honest, what this brillo-esque ball of silvery webbing reminded me of most, are the oddly shoddy wigs worn by the actresses in Sam Raimi's first Evil Dead film, when, after becoming possessed by demons, their hair would turn a ridiculously awesome, evil silver color.