Marcel-curler from a travel hair care kit used by Anna Mae Queen Holmes

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Marcel-curler from a travel hair care kit used by Anna Mae Queen Holmes

Manufactured by
Reck-Junior, founded 1950
Owned by
Anna Mae Queen Holmes, American, 1926 - 2013
Description
A curling iron, also called a stove iron, with isolating rolling handles. The 5/8 inch barrel curling iron has one (1) metal barrel with a clamp that closes to halfway cover the barrel. The barrel and clamp are hinged together with no spring. The curling iron has two (2) handles that are covered with an insolating material, possibly Bakelite (TM). The two (2) ends are capped with non-removable brass end caps. The curling iron was placed on, or inside, a stove or another hot surface to heat it. The manufacturer's mark is on the center of the top of the clamp with the name [RECK-JUNIOR] inside an oval and the text [MADE IN GERMANY] below.
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
1950s
Object number
2014.224.4.6
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
Type
curling irons
Medium
steel, Bakelite (TM) and brass
Dimensions
H x W x D (Closed): 10 13/16 × 1 5/8 × 13/16 in. (27.5 × 4.1 × 2.1 cm)
H x W x D (Open): 10 5/16 × 4 7/16 × 13/16 in. (26.2 × 11.3 × 2.1 cm)
Barrel Diameter: 5/8 in.
Place made
Germany, Europe
Place collected
Prince George's County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Classification
Personal Effects and Items
Exhibition
Cultural Expressions
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Topic
African American
Hair
Travel
Women
Record ID
nmaahc_2014.224.4.6
GUID (Link to Original Record)
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd5477238b4-57fa-42bf-a9b0-85a1f8af1bb0