The contraption that will blow you away! Enormous retro hairdryer sheds light on bizarre beauty habits of Roaring Twenties
20:57 GMT, 18 July 2012
If you think today's hairdryers are bulky, spare a thought for the women of the Twenties.
An image of a hairdryer from the era, or perhaps earlier, has surfaced, revealing an enormous vacuum cleaner-like contraption.
Although the woman pictured in the photograph, which was posted on Retronaut.co, is dressed in a more contemporary outfit compared to those typical of the time, the machine is no doubt one of the earliest hairdryers ever invented.
Breezy glamour: An image of a hair dryer from the supposed 1920s has surfaced (above), revealing a gigantic vacuum cleaner-like instrument. It is one of the oldest hair dryers to have ever been produced
It is believed that the first hairdryer was invented in 1890 by a French hairdresser named Alexander F. Godefoy who created the device for use in his salon.
Taking inspiration from the vacuum cleaner, Mr Godefy's device was not widely adopted by others due to its large size according to Beauty Store Business, a trade magazine.
Modern day: The devices we use today, like the one pictured, are a world away from the retro version
It was simply a vacuum cleaner with a hose attached to the end of it.
If the image is indeed from the Twenties, it would explain why so many women of the era resorted to bell-shaped cloche hats to conceal the results of such a bulky hairdrying device.
Such extreme blasts of wind would have provided no styling qualities.
The unidentified woman in the photo is even forced to shut her eyes in order to cope with the air being propelled at her.
The machine stands on six legs as requires multiple nozzles in order to operate.
Regardless of when the pictured hairdryer was built, the first hand-held, portable hairdryer is believed to have been created in 1920.
The Wisconsin History Society state that two manufacturers, Racine Universal Motor Company and Hamilton Beach, created two versions.
It was not until a further device was advertised in a 1951 Sears catalogue that the hairdryer finally gathered stream as a useful household product.