Decorative hair ornament, Pioneer Museum, Sweetwater TX (photo by Sheila Scarborough)

This is a handmade decorative ornament made from “114 heads representing 5 generations of the Fleming family” in Nolan County, Texas.

Said my daughter in reaction to the ornament:  “It’d be really pretty if it wasn’t, um, HAIR.”

You can see it in one of the upstairs bedrooms in the Pioneer Museum in Sweetwater, a West Texas town with three big claims to fame: constant blowing wind that is now being harnessed by a booming wind power industry, an annual Rattlesnake Roundup hunting event and Avenger Field,  the original training grounds for the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) in World War II and now the site of the National WASP WWII Museum.

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