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[Beauticians]
Date: ca. 1920s
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Dimensions: Image: 4 5/16 x 6 7/16 in. (10.9 x 16.3 cm) Mat: 7 9/16 x 9 7/16 in. (19.2 x 24 cm) Mount: 7 7/8 x 9 3/4 in. (20 x 24.7 cm)
Medium: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Gift of Daniel Cowin, 1990
Description: Because of the culturally specific knowledge required to style and cut black hair, owning a barber or beauty shop was an accessible way for African Americans to become independent business owners, catering to communally specific needs that went unmet by the white cosmetics industry. Barber and beauty shops became important sites of both entrepreneurship and community life, serving as quasi-public spaces for companionship, conversation, and politicking.
Accession Number: 1356.1990