Barber's Tools

Barber's Tools

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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.
Description (Spanish)
Este instrumental de barbero está compuesto por un par de tijeras, un clíper manual, navajas y un cepillo. El oficio de barbero ha constituido por largo tiempo un medio independiente y respetable de ganarse la vida. Este equipo perteneció a un barbero itinerante de Puerto Rico. Durante las décadas de 1930 y 1940 muchos jóvenes y familias de las áreas rurales descendían a las regiones urbanas costeras para trabajar en la zafra. Los barberos seguían a la zafra, lo cual les aseguraba gran parte de sus ingresos.
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Object Name
barber tools, scissors
Date made
early 20th century
Place Made
Puerto Rico
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
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Teodoro Vidal
Puerto Rico
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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