17 jan 1968 & cardozo sisters hairstylists
#OTD Wednesday 17 January 1968 Cardozo Sisters Hairstylists, 2731 Georgia Avenue, NW, was open for business (as they had been for the past forty years). The Cardozo Sisters were Elizabeth Cardozo Barker, Margaret Holmes, Emmeta Hurley, and Catherine Lewis. (Their mother and grandmother, Blanche Warrick Cardozo & Emma Warwick, respectively, also had successful salons decades earlier.)
The salon was open for business from 8am-10pm, employed more than 25 people and grossed more than $300,000 in 1968. Their clientele varied across age, status, aesthetics and politics. Some clients had standing appointments for 20+ years, while others were students from nearby DC Teachers College and Howard University. 1968, as we have seen, was at the cusp of a seismic shift to natural styles. The Cardozo Sisters, as always, were ready to provide whatever service desired by their clientele.
Your comments are welcome below. Were you a client at the salon? What do you remember about the salon and the staff? What hairstyles were you donning in 1968? You may also comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy Sumner Museum & Archives, DC Teachers College yearbook, 1968, photographer unknown.
Marcia Greenlee, ed. Black Women Oral History Project, "Reminiscences of Margaret Cardozo Holmes and Elizabeth Cardozo Barker," 1977.
Linda M. Carter, "Cardozo Sisters," Jessie Carney Smith, ed. Encyclopedia of African American Business, 2018.
Jacqueline Trescott, "From Bobs to Afros," Washington Post, 1977.