The Story of Bill Hylan's Threatened Baldness as Told by Bill and Set Down by His Grateful Customer Lester Adams, Greenwood Mt., Maine, Easter Sunday, 1942. Bill HYLAN, intro Lester Adams.
The Story of Bill Hylan's Threatened Baldness as Told by Bill and Set Down by His Grateful Customer Lester Adams, Greenwood Mt., Maine, Easter Sunday, 1942
The Story of Bill Hylan's Threatened Baldness as Told by Bill and Set Down by His Grateful Customer Lester Adams, Greenwood Mt., Maine, Easter Sunday, 1942

The Story of Bill Hylan's Threatened Baldness as Told by Bill and Set Down by His Grateful Customer Lester Adams, Greenwood Mt., Maine, Easter Sunday, 1942

Greenwood Mt., Maine: 1942. Slim octavo (26cm.); black cloth-backed paper-covered boards; [12] mimeographed leaves, ten original tipped in photographs. Boards rubbed with some biopredation to fore-edge paper of upper cover, foxing and dampstaining, textblock uniformly toned, else interior fine. Near Very Good overall. Item #869

Presumably the only copy ever produced as a gift to the local barber Bill Hylan, who would service the patients of the Western Maine Sanatorium on Greenwood Mt. in Hebron. Lester Adams, author of the introduction who compiled the text and photographs (including one of Adams mid-hair cut), was the medical director of the Sanatorium at the time. In the photographs Hylan appears as a man with unremarkably thinning hair, though his story recounts how he lost all of it over the course of a couple of days after having recovered from typhoid fever at the age of 15. Desperate to remedy his condition at such a young age, Hylan began rubbing Glover's Mange Cure into his scalp every day (and continuing to do so, according to the narrative, on occasion, even up to the present). Eventually he describes "one hair growing out over my left ear about the size of a ten-penny nail," so thick and straight that he couldn't sleep on it at night. Rather than cut it off he would try and soften it with bear grease and skunk oil, though "I had to stay down to the hen house when I was using that." Eventually more large nail-like hairs would appear, warranting a trip to town to get his photograph taken. "I met a man down to the store at Gum Corner...and he said 'where in hell did you get that head of hair?' I told him I had put those hairs in with a peggin' awl and hammer." With time, so the story goes, the hairs finally began to soften to the narrow halo of hair seen in the photographs, and the narrative ends with a final plug for Glover's Mange Cure, "I don't know anything better than Glover's."

Price: $450.00