Solving mysteries can be fun. For example, check out the image here. Do you have any idea what it is? If not, don’t worry. It seems that only around 1 in 10,000 people are able to identify this once popular device.
Notice how the device has a stem that extends a circular piece with numerous hanging cords. There are things attached to the cords and they all hang at about the same height. The device also needs to be plugging into a power outlet to function.
It was definitely popular in the mid-1900s
Can you guess what it is?
It is actually a permanent wave machine. It is designed to give people a perm.
the history of the permanent wave machine is rich and unique.
“The first U.S. patent for a permanent wave machine was given to Marjorie Joyner in 1928. Joyner, an African-American woman who graduated from a predominantly Caucasian beauty school, lived in Chicago and owned a beauty salon,” The State Museum of Pennsylvania shares on its website.
Take a look at the video clip below to see what it was like to get your hair permed. It was a very different process.
The permanent wave machine was an ordeal. It sometimes took around half a day to work so women spent quite a bit of time in the hair salon. It was also dangerous as it burned a lot of hair.
“Today, getting a “perm” is not quite so intimidating,” The State Museum writes. “Using an all chemical process with no electrical heating required, you are free to move about the room while you wait for your hair to set and curl. No cords, no big bulky machine and no electrical burns.”