Shock of the new: Kansas, 1926

Margaret Waggoner Mitchell at the hairdressers © Getty

Margaret Waggoner Mitchell is just a few months shy of her 100th birthday but eager to try a new look, a permanent wave which is achieved by apparently plugging into the mains. Technology has certainly advanced rapidly since her arrival in Kansas City in a covered wagon as part of the 19th-century mass westward migration.

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