Eliza Potter [1820–?]

I was brought up in New York, and went out, at an early age, to earn my living in the service of people of ton1. For some years, this occupation was agreeable to me; but at length I wearied of it, and being at liberty to choose my own path, I decided to gratify my long-cherished desire to see the world. Before I settled in Cincinnati, my travels took me to France, where I had the privilege of taking lessons in the art of combing from one of the best hairdressers in Paris. This skill has served me well as I have made a name for myself combing the brides, belles, and beautiful ladies of Cincinnati. In 1859, I published a sketch of my experiences in those walks of life where faith has led me, A Hairdresser’s Experience in High Life.

Come with me now and explore my Cincinnati.

1. ton: the quality or state of being smart or fashionable
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