Punch,  47 (1864), 153.

An Awful Operation (Being an Account of a Wonderful Crop)

Professor Hairey


Letter, Spoof


Technology, Invention, Machinery, Accidents, Exhibitions

    The writer informs Mr Punch of his highly unpleasant experience of having his hair cut by machinery. Resolving that he will never endure this experience again, describes the scissors attached to ropes, the 'circular comb', disconcerting whirring noises like 'the deafening sound in a small manufactory, or in the Royal Polytechnic Institution during the hours of exhibition', the 'Medicated Balsamic Regenerator', the jet of 'Emollient Capellarion' gushing from the ceiling, and the violent whirrs of the mechanical drying machine.

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