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Back Comb
TitleBack Comb
Object NameBack Comb
DescriptionBlue back or puff comb
Date ManufacturedUnknown
MaterialCellulose Nitrate
Manufacturing ProcessHair combs were made from celluloid sheets cut with a blanking press into comb-shaped blanks that were then worked and shaped by machine and hand to make finished products. Cellulose nitrate could be colored or patterned to imitate many materials. “Teeth were formed either by cutting out the waste material between, or in a “twinning” procedure more economical of material, by cutting a wide zigzag down the middle of a double blank that separated to form two combs.” Jeffrey Meikle, American Plastic, p. 24
Number of Objects1
Accession Number2003.574
DonorGift of National Plastics Center.
Broad SubjectPersonal Care and Toiletries
SubjectsHair Combs
Date Digital2009
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