Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives, Gift of Erin Hromada
The House’s hair salon, originally called the “beauty shop,” was a quasi-official institution for decades. By the time this appointment card was printed in 2000, its fortunes had followed the trajectory of other businesses in the Capitol buildings. In the 1930s, it was considered a harmless amenity in the basement of the Longworth House Office Building. Congressional reformers in the 1960s took control of the salon, under the aegis of the Select Committee on the Beauty Shop, handing it to the Committee on House Administration in the 1970s.