These are a few of the photos we've tried to base this style on. I find these old photos great for studying hair and dress. I often browse the ones for sale on ebay, or the collections on flickr. Here is a link to one of my favorites.
- One or more rubber-bands (hairband)
If you tend to have fly-aways, then some gel may come in handy. And when we need this thing to stay still all day, hairspray.
After brushing thoroughly, part your hair in the center. Apparently this is the only way woman did it back then, I've never seen it any other way. I usually part mine on the side, so I start parting it in the center a day ahead of time, wetting it down periodically, otherwise it doesn't lay nicely.
Along the part, starting 3-4 inches back from the hairline of your forehead, section off the front portion of the hair. Straight down to just behind the ear. Do this on both sides and put the rest into a low pony, which will end up being the bun.
Take one front section at a time, and pull them to the back, I usually use a brush to smooth it out, and sometimes a little bit of gel. Twist it a little and then go underneath the ponytail, and wrap it around, twisting as you go. Secure into place with a couple bobby-pins.
Then we split the pony into two braids, and coil them into a bun, securing with a few bobby pins. And if it's necessary, a layer of hairspray.