Exhibitions: Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanitary Fair of 1864

Unknown artist: A Hint for the Sanitary Fair

In this unsigned cartoon from the New York–based magazine Harper’s Weekly, the woman on the left is ingeniously planning to sell locks of her hair at a high price to soldiers at the fair. The cartoon offers a humorous retort to a memo that was circulated by a chief organizer of the Brooklyn Sanitary Fair, in which women were provided with “hints,” or tips, regarding how best to interact with and solicit funds from the business community.