Hot comb from a travel hair care kit used by Anna Mae Queen Holmes

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Manufactured by
Reck-Junior, founded 1950
Owned by
Holmes, Anna Mae Queen, American, 1926 - 2013
Medium
brass and wood
Dimensions
H x W x D: 9 × 1 1/2 × 11/16 in. (22.9 × 3.8 × 1.7 cm)
Type
combs (grooming tools)
Place made
Germany, Europe
Date
mid 20th century
Description
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.
Topic
African American
Hair
Travel
Women
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
Object number
2014.224.4.4
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification
Tools and Equipment-Personal use
Exhibition
Cultural Expressions
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

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