August 30, 2016

Vintage Posters of African American Hair Products Displayed at the 1939 Negro Industrial Fair in NYC

It wasn't just white women who were taught that their looks were all-important. How's that for twisted equality?

Display placards that promote fashions and hairstyles for African American women created for the grand opening of the Negro Industrial Fair at the headquarters of the Greater New York Coordinating Committee for Employment at 132 West 125th Street, Harlem, New York, June 24, 1939, which coincided with the New York World’s Fair.

The placards include hand-painted lettering and halftone photographs of African American women, as well as human hair samples that demonstrate hair coloring tints produced by the Clairol Company; they contain some fascinating ideas about femininity, beauty, and attracting a man.

(via Room 26 Cabinet of Curiosities)


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