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The Elaborate Wig-Snatching Schemes of the 18th Century (atlasobscura.com)
39 points by pepys on Jan 11, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 6 comments

I dont think they mention the reason people shaved their heads and wore wigs in the 1st place is because otherwise they would have had lice. Commoners had hair, and also lice.

Maybe I didn't read it close enough (kinda skimmed it) - but I don't recall seeing any mention as to what these "wig thieves" did with the wigs?

Sell them to others? Disassemble them and sell the hair?

One of the pictures was captioned with this: "Stolen wigs, large and small, could be sold for a pretty penny." One of the stories also involved a man stealing a wig for his own use.

Actually wigs were infested with parasites as well. Some parasite marks were considered cool by nobleman.

Which parasite marks did noblemen prefer, and why?

Someone please train a monkey to snatch Trump's "hair" :-)

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