Barber's Tools

This barber's kit included a pair of scissors, a manual clipper, straight razors, and a brush. Barbering has long been an independent, respectable way to earn a living. These tools belonged to an itinerant barber in Puerto Rico. In the 1930s and 1940s, la zafra, the sugar harvest, brought younger men, women, and families from the rural highlands and the urban coastal regions together. Itinerant barbers followed the sugar harvest, earning a significant part of their income.
Currently not on view
Object Name
barber tools, scissors
Date made
early 20th century
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
overall: .4 cm x 5.8 cm x 19.6 cm; 3/16 in x 2 5/16 in x 7 11/16 in
Place Made
Puerto Rico
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Cultures & Communities
Puerto Rico
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Home and Community Life: Ethnic
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Title (Spanish)
Instrumentos de Barbero
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal

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