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Manufactured by:
Reck-Junior, founded 1950  Search this
Owned by:
Anna Mae Queen Holmes, American, 1926 - 2013  Search this
brass and wood
H x W x D: 9 × 1 1/2 × 11/16 in. (22.9 × 3.8 × 1.7 cm)
combs (grooming tools)
Place made:
Germany, Europe
mid 20th century
A hot comb, also known as a pressing comb or straightening comb, used to straighten hair. The teeth of the comb are brass and the handle is wood. The comb has a removable metal end cap that can be unscrewed. The comb has a manufacturer's stamp on the middle of the comb in between the teeth and the handle: [RECK-JUNIOR / MADE IN GERMANY] The comb was placed on, or inside, a stove or another hot surface to heat it.
African American  Search this
Hair  Search this
Travel  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Cheryl Dozier Payne in memory of Anna Mae Queen Holmes, Educator & Historian
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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On View:
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture