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The early part of the 1900s was an exciting time of new inventions for women. Though the early permanent wave machines looked very strange, with separate wires leading to each chemical-wrapped curl, they were the most modern, and many women wanted to try the new style. New stores called beauty shops began to open. Photo courtesy: Central Community Historical Museum

LA CHARLOTTE BEAUTY SHOPPE. The 1923 Dubuque City Directory listed 408 Federal Bank Building.

The 1929 and 1934 Dubuque City Directory listed 236 W. 6th.

The 1934 Dubuque City Directory listed 401 Federal Bank Building.

The 1937 Dubuque Consurvey Directory and 1939 Dubuque City Directory listed 401-403 Federal Bank Building.

The 1941 Dubuque City Directory listed 236 W. 6th

The 1942 Dubuque Classified Business Directory listed 403 DUBUQUE BUILDING.