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Manufactured by:
Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, American, founded 1906  Search this
Subject of:
Madam C.J. Walker, American, 1867 - 1919  Search this
alloy steel , organic material
Diameter: 5 × 1 5/8 in. (12.7 × 4.1 cm)
Place made:
Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States, North and Central America
1940s - 1960s
The items in this collection belonged to Edna Stevens McIntyre (May 22, 1917-). She was born in Washington, DC but relocated to Duquesne, PA at the age of 7 or 8 after her mother died. She was raised by a paternal aunt, Ida Stevens Johnson. Edna McIntyre is the aunt of the donor, Linda Crichlow White.
The canister is metal with a fitted lid which is a paper label adhered to it. The label primarily reads [Madam Walker / GLOSSINE AND PRESSING OIL / MEDIUM WEIGHT]. The canister has a brushed gold metallic finish. The circular label affixed to the lid is yellow and white with brown inked lettering. The label lists the manufacture’s information [THE MADAME C.J. WALKER MFG. CO./INDIANAPOLIS / INDIANA]. The can has rusting along the lid edge located beneath the manufacturer's address on the attached label as well as along the bottom of the canister. Inside, there is a yellowish product resembling petroleum jelly.
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African American  Search this
Business  Search this
Hair  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Linda Crichlow White in honor of her aunt, Edna Stevens McIntyre
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 2, C 2053
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture