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Wylon Hair Dressing

Wylon Hair Dressing

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Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
hair dressing
hair care product
Object Type
Cosmetics
maker
Mecos
place made
United States: Louisiana, New Orleans
Physical Description
glass (container material)
metal (container material)
Measurements
overall: 2 1/4 in x 2 1/4 in; 5.715 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
1985.0475.262
catalog number
1985.0475.262
accession number
1985.0475
Credit Line
The Fournet Drugstore Collection
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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While researching my family history, I came upon this artifact. I am so pleased and honored to discover that my grandfather, Whitney Haydel, Sr.'s legacy is memorialized here. I remember visiting the Wylon Products (Mecos Inc) storefront on Rampart when I was little and imagining myself one day running it. As I remember it, the products were created specifically for African American clients and were very popular. As fate would have it, the business failed, but the pride I feel for my grandfather and the fond memories of his drive and intelligence and his loving and creative spirit will never die.
My understanding is that my uncle, Whitney Michael Haydel Sr, was the founder and owner of Mecos. I looked up "Wylon" just by chance.... and I am touched and honored to see that Uncle Whitney is part of American History. WoW! (I was told that "Mecos" stood for Medical Cosmetics".... and I think that the "Afro" marked the end of his haircare line.) I have of memories of visiting New Orleans (from Los Angeles) in the 1960's and seeing people flock to the trucks that drove through the neighborhoods to give out samples of Wylon products (sometimes I wondered if anyone really needed to buy the product because the samples were so generously handed out.) I still have a jar at home (I think the product is pink and is a taller, narrower container) THANKS!

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