Meet Bettina

At the flea market on Sunday, I dropped $5 on this awesome vintage hair dryer:

Not that I ever really set my hair, because it’s completely curl-resistant and I feel like I look funny with curly or wavy hair, but something about this piece spoke to me.

It could be the great ostrich case…

ostrich case hairdryer

I love the rich caramel color.

Or that she comes with a name…

Bettina, the Universal Hair Dryer

Bettina, the Universal Hair Dryer

Or that there’s a nail dryer…

I'm not sure how you're supposed to position your hand, but I'll figure it out.

I’m not sure how you’re supposed to position your hand, but I’ll figure it out.

Or that she came from New Britain, Connecticut, near where I grew up…

Just in case she needs a tune-up....

Just in case she needs a tune-up….

Anyway, she lives with me now. Welcome home, Bettina.

Our friend Jack thought she was built in the mid-sixties based on the artwork. I found a newspaper ad from November 21, 1963 touting Bettina’s “New ultra chic high-fashion styling with dramatic new gift case” on sale for $23.88 (regularly 29.95).

Bettina the hair dryer.

Bettina the hair dryer.

Once I take her out for a test-dry, I’ll report back on my ultra chic-ness. Stay tuned.

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