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Object Name Iron, Curling
Catalog Number 1993.3
Date ca. 1930
Material(s) Steel;
Dimensions H-9.125 W-2 D-1.688 inches
Description This is a steel Marcel-type crimping iron. It has a steel wire body flattened in middle and riveted at the fulcrum. The handles are wrapped around in ovals amd there is an additional bar welded to one arm to form the fork. There is a "w" shaped iron plate welded to other bar.
Notes Photo of user and her diploma are in archives. Phoebe Bishop Woolfolk, the donor's grandmother, (1890-1988) was a black beautician who operated a beauty parlor for blacks in her home in (?). The curling iron was used to create waves. The process took 2-3 hours and cost about $3.50 during the 1950s.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
Subjects Women's work
Beauticians
Hair
Hair dressing
Hair styles
Hairstyling
African Americans
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS