7 Sutherland Sisters' Hair and Scalp Cleaner

Description
This granular shampoo was produced by the Seven Sutherland Sisters Corporation beginning in the late 1800s and into the 1930s. The sisters toured with Barnum and Bailey beginning in 1884 and were famous for their long hair, which stretched a supposed 37 feet in total. They were models, singers, and entertainers, and were among the first celebrity endorsers. They remain famous in Niagara County, N.Y., where they were born.
Henry Bailey married one of the sisters and trademarked the name "7 Sutherland Sisters" in 1886, claiming to have been using it since 1884. This particular box is dated to around 1918. The hair products were still being advertised in the 1930s, but had begun their decline in popularity.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
shampoo
hair care product
date made
ca 1918
maker
7 Sutherland Sisters
Physical Description
cardboard (packaging material)
Measurements
overall: 9 cm x 10.5 cm x 3 cm; 3 17/32 in x 4 1/8 in x 1 3/16 in
overall: 3 3/8 in x 4 in x 1 in; 8.5725 cm x 10.16 cm x 2.54 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1980.0317.03
accession number
1980.0317
catalog number
1980.0317.03
subject
Hair Care Products
Health & Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Medicine
Hair Care Products
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of William H. Helfand
Additional Media

Visitor Comments

Add a comment about this object

**Please read before submitting the form**

Have a comment or question about this object to share with the community? Please use the form below. Selected comments will appear on this page and may receive a museum response (but we can't promise). Please note that we generally cannot answer questions about the history, rarity, or value of your personal artifacts.

Have a question about anything else, or would you prefer a personal response? Please visit our FAQ or contact page.

Personal information will not be shared or result in unsolicited e-mail. See our privacy policy.

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.