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Posted by Jim Botticelli  January 23, 2014 04:14 PM

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Two guys get some of them cut in a Boston boutique, 1976. Photo by Constantine Manos

"Get a haircut?"
" Nope. Got 'em all cut!"

That was now. But this is then. Back in 1976, what redblooded Bostonian male actually got a boy's regular? This was when pre-Travolta disco was peaking and before punk rock made short hair part of the Kill Hippies chant. Guys would show up at the hair care fair and come out looking primped, pimped and fluffy. Sporting wide collared flowered polyester shirts tucked into hip-hugging bells, these guys gave off a unisex vibe. Men did not always appear to be men. Nor did they appear to be Devo, but that's a subject for a different blog.

Constantine Manos' local photo captures the Unisex feeling in this photo taken in 1976 at a local Hair Care Fair. The customers, their cutters and the shop will remain anonymous.

Thanks to Galt MacDermot for the headline idea.

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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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