Perhaps it was for a laugh, but my mother dressed my second oldest brother (Rich) as a little girl for this and several other photos.
His hair was long and was sometimes curled in long ringlets.
These two photos were taken in the 1930s on the family farm.
Rich had dark hair as an adult, but when he was young it was gold, a deep gold that glinted in the sun. I know because my Mom kept the curls in an envelope in her handkerchief box.
After Mom died, the envelope of curls disappeared. I would love to have at least one of the golden curls.