Figure 1.--Four generations of Morrisons, Sammy at 4 years of age mother, grandmother, and great-great aunt in 1891. He wears a white dress and ringlet curls as was the fashion of the time.
Sammy wore Little Lord Fauntleroy suits with long curls at 7 and I think
his young friends did also. He writes about this in the book:
The Morrisons were an affluent family. Sammy was sent to a private
school. A photograph taken in 1899 shows Sammy at 12 wearing an overcoat
If children of the poor (and why not "poor,"
instead of that idiotic phrase "underprivileged"?)
stared at little Sammy suspiciously, it was because he wore
long yellow curls and was dressed to
suit. This brings up the one big hate of my' childhood, the infamous
creation of Frances Hodgson Burnett. Her
Little Lord Fauntleroy, which appeared the year
before I was born, had a disastrous
effect on many fond mammas of that era; the more so on mine, as she had
hoped for a girl. Thanks
to Mrs. Burnett's namby-pamby juvenile hero, boys were
dressed in velvet
with lace collars and
and if their hair had
any curl in it, forced to wear "love locks".
I was one of these victims. The nurse used to make up my blond hair
into golden ringlets every morning, turning
them with her spittle around a sort of minor policeman's baton, and I
was not allowed to have them shorn until
the age of seven. About one boy in ten of that era, subjected to this
indignity, suffered gibes, insults
and hair-pullings innumerable from his more fortunate fellows; and I was that one in my infant
schools. We victims would all have cheerfully contributed our pocket money to have Mrs. Burnett
and her odious creation boiled in oil.
The Morrisons were an affluent family. Sammy was sent to a private school. A photograph taken in 1899 shows Sammy at 12 wearing an overcoat
Figure 2.--Sammy at 12 wearing an overcoat and school cap.
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