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    wassa hair box?

    I am re-reading Huckleberry Finn, first time in over 50 years.
    At one point, Huck is visiting in a home and is allowed to sleep in a room belonging to a girl (without the girl). He describes the room as having a "hair box". Later the girl is in the room and he says she is sitting on her "hair trunk".
    Now, I am familiar with 'hair receivers'. They are small porcelain containers with a hole in the lid where ladies saved their hair. (why is another topic) But, I have never heard of 'hair boxes or trunks'.
    I did Google up one definition that it was a trunk covered with hide from which the hair had not been removed. Dunno if that covers it or not.
    Any input on this?
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    I have never heard of 'hair boxes'.
    Frank,

    Two quick answers, neither definitive.

    1. A kind of reliquary. This is unlikely, given the context.

    2. A long, shallow, narrow box for storing what we would now call hair extensions. One would find it on vanities, etc.

    But for the trunk, you're on your own...

    Thanks,

    Bill

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    Thanks. But I looked up and learned a new word.
    "reliquary"
    A place to store relics.
    That means my home qualifies as a reliquary.
    "Folks is funny critters."

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    my grandfather used to tell me all the time when I was 17, get a box and save your hair, youre going to need it all later on in life.
    I thought he was funny, never thought he was serious.

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    I was baby sitting my 3 year old grandson and he was watching me get ready for bed. When I took off my pants he looked at my legs and asked me why I had hair pants on.

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    Frank,

    Why in the heck couldn't you say Hat Box. Then I would have known the answer.

    Enjoy,

    Jim

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