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Beauty culture

Beauty culture [graphic].

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  • 113 items (.2 cubic ft., 1 box); 26 x 21 cm. or smaller.
  • 97 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ;
  • 11 photographic prints : gelatin silver, b&w ;
  • 3 photographic prints : col ;
  • Gelatin silver prints – 1930-1989.
  • Publicity photographs – 1930-1989.
  • Title devised by cataloger.
  • Some photographs bear photographer's or photography studio's handstamp on verso; some items bear handwritten or typwritten captions on verso. Some items bear cropping marks. One item is a composite photograph bearing three images.
  • Collection contains work by Dummett, Cecil Layne, Nichols and Austin Hansen, among others.
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Sc Photo Beauty Culture
Beauty culture [graphic].
Collection depicts African Americans in barber shops and beauty salons and also shows beauticians, beauty products and beauty contestants. Most of the images date from the 1940s to the mid-1980s with the bulk of the collection being from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Barbershops depict barbers cutting hair, giving shaves, and posing with customers. Barbershops are unidentified with the exception of the Subway Barber Shop in Brooklyn, New York (n.d.). A few photos of barbers were published in African American newspapers, two featured as Barber of the Week, and one as the winner of the Most Popular Barber in New York City contest (n.d.). Also included is an exterior view of a barbershop and a barber at work in an outdoor, rural setting (n.d.).
Many of the beauty salons depicted are located in Harlem, New York, and mainly show beauticians engaged in hair care and hairstyling, manicuring, and performing facial treatments. Included are publicity photos of models with haircuts from the KINAPPS hair salon in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Beauty products are shown in advertisements and on display in one of the Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company sales offices (n.d.). Images of beauty contestants focus mainly on local pageants, mainly in New York City. Included is a group portrait showing Miss Black America contestants (1977), a group portrait showing Rosalette Petty, Miss Teeenage World, with the Broadway cast of "Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope" (n.d.) and a series of portraits of Janelle Commissiong, Miss Universe 1977. A high school champion cotton picker and cotten queen in Americus, Ga. is also depicted. Included are a series of marketing photos depicting models wearing wigs from the Naomi Sims Collection and wig designer Andre Douglas, who are also shown in a quarter-length portraits.
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Dummett. Photographer
Hansen, Austin, 1910-1996. Photographer
Layne, Cecil. Photographer
Nichols, -1991. Photographer
Sparrow, Bill. Photographer
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Sc Photo Beauty Culture
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