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Yes, vanity was also a curse of human nature during the Civil War. That was certainly the case for Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard, whose wartime photographs show an abundance of black dye that he used to keep his hair dark and hide the encroaching gray follicles.

One of the most popular cures for aging hair was developed in 1864 by Philander Ring and Elisha Tubbs. It was marketed as Ring’s Vegetable Ambrosia for Gray Hair. This wagon was used to transport their product throughout the states to sell to men in need of a more youthful appearance.

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