The Birth of the Bob

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The Bob:
New then, timeless today

On view in Gallery 4 through mid-June

Curator’s Talk April 3
1:30 p.m., repeated at 2:30

David Bosted, Curator
Kaye Collins, Co-curator


Inspired by National Women’s History Month, our latest history display, The Centennial of the Birth of the Bob, celebrates a style that took the world by storm in 1920 and remains popular and new more than one hundred years on. From Louise Brooks and Josephine Baker to Barbra Streisand to Rihanna, the brightest stars have helped to popularize the look.

Fun fact: three years after he left Princeton University, just a few miles from Trenton, to join the U.S. Army, F. Scott Fitzgerald saw his short story, Bernice Bobs Her Hair, based on letters to his younger sister, published in the May 1920 issue of the Saturday Evening Post.

Watch for talks and other events related to this delightful display!