Walker's Glossine - for Beautifying and Softening the Hair

Walker's Glossine - for Beautifying and Softening the Hair

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Usage conditions apply
The indications or uses for this product as provided on its packaging:
For beautifying and softening the hair. Directions: Glossine is to be used only after the hair has been thoroughly cleaned. Use very little, not enough to make hair greasy.
Yellow metal tin with black print. Contents 1 oz. Label on top of tin reads: "WALKER'S / GLOSSINE / MADE BY / THE MADAM C. J. WALKER / MANUFACTURING CO. / INDIANAPOLIS, IND. / PRICE 35 CTS. / FOR BEAUTIFYING AND SOFTENING THE HAIR."
Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) was a successful beauty industry entrepreneur and philanthropist. In 1910, she established a manufacturing company in Indianapolis, Indiana, to produce her growing line of hair and beauty products for African Americans. By 1920, the Walker line included: Wonderful Hair Grower, Temple Grower, Witch Hazel Jelly, Tetter-Salve, Glossine, Vegetable Shampoo, Cold Cream, Vanishing Cream, Cleansing Cream, and Walker’s Supreme Face Powder.
Object Name
hair care product
hair dressing
Other Terms
Cosmetic; Cosmetics
date made
ca 1920s
Madam C. J. Walker
Madam C. J. Walker Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Indiana, Indianapolis
Physical Description
metal (container material)
overall: 3/4 in x 2 in; 1.905 cm x 5.08 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Object Project
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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