Featured Museums and Institutions
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Secondary Sources for Further Reading
For more reading on this subject, please peruse the resources listed below. Please let us know if you have any suggested sources.
Masako, Yamamoto & Maezaki Shinya, directors. “Kyoto Boxwood Combs.” (2015). https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/kyoto-boxwood-combs/-gKCNVRY_H_xIw (accessed October 23, 2020).
“The Origins of the Afro Comb.” https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/gallery/afrocombs/index.html (accessed October 23, 2020).
Ebony, Flowers. Hot Comb. Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, 2019.
Archaeological Analytics. “Celluloid Lice Comb – Eckley, PA.” American Artifacts Blog. Accessed 30 November 2020. https://www.americanartifactsblog.com/blog/celluloid-lice-comb-eckley-pa
Arriaza, Bernardo, Vivien G. Standen, Jorg Heukelbach, Vicki Cassman, and Felix Olivares. “Head Combs for Delousing in Ancient African Populations: Scratching for the Evidence.” Chungara: Revista De Antropología Chilena 46, no. 4 (2014): 693-706. Accessed October 18, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/24588326.
Ashby, Steven P. “A History of Combmaking: Biographies of Innovation in Britain, Ireland and Scandinavia.” In Crafts and Social Networks in Viking Towns, edited by Steven P. Ashby and Søren M. Sinbæk, 165-86. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2020. Accessed October 18, 2020. doi:10.2307/j.ctv138ws19.10.
Ashton, Sally-Ann. “Radical Objects: The Black Fist Afro Comb.” History Workshop. February 10, 2014. https://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/radical-objects-the-black-fist-afro-comb/.
Birley, Barbara. “Stylising the Functional: Wooden Hair Combs from Vindolanda.” In Embracing the Provinces: Society and Material Culture of the Roman Frontier Regions, edited by Ivleve Tatiana, De Bruin Japster, and Driessen Mark, 189-96. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2018. Accessed October 18, 2020. doi:10.2307/j.ctv13nb8qs.27.
Chaiklin, Martha. “Up in the Hair: Strands of Meaning in Women’s Ornamental Hair Accessories in Early Modern Japan.” In Asian Material Culture, edited by Chaiklin Martha, Hulsbosch Marianne, and Bedford Elizabeth, 37-64. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009. Accessed October 18, 2020. doi:10.2307/j.ctt46n1dp.6.
“Combs.” Medieval and Renaissance Material Culture. http://www.larsdatter.com/combs.htm.
Cruse, Jen. The Comb: Its History and Development. London: Robert Hale, 2007.
Esposito, Bianca. “The Closet Historian” blog. http://theclosethistorian.blogspot.com/2014/10/hair-comb-history-highlight-8-ivory-and.html.
“Hairbrushes and Combs That Are Made in the UK.” Ukmade (blog). July 24, 2013. https://ukmade.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/hairbrushes-that-are-made-in-the-uk/.
“Intricate Beauty.” Smithsonian Snapshot. October 15, 2018. Accessed 20 November 2020. https://www.si.edu/newsdesk/snapshot/intricate-beauty
Johnson, Donald F. “From the Collection: Combing the Roots of Colonialism: Jamaican Tortoiseshell Combs and Social Status, 1655–1692.” Winterthur Portfolio 43, no. 4 (Winter 2009): 313-334. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/644793.
Lewis, Marva L. “Getting the Parts Straight: The Psychology of Hair Combing Interaction between African-American Mothers and Daughters.” In Black Motherhood(s), edited by Craddock Karen T., 204-20. Bradford, ON: Demeter Press, 2015. Accessed October 18, 2020. doi:10.2307/j.ctt1rrd90f.16.
“Lice, Lice Baby.” MSU Campus Archaeology Program (blog). Michigan State University. February 1, 2018. http://campusarch.msu.edu/?p=5827.
Livius. “When Argentinian women wore hair combs four feet wide.” The History Blog (blog). 26 May 2014. Accessed 13 December 2020. http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/30640
Loewy, Matías A. “Oldest Lice Combs in the Americas Discovered.” Scientific American. August 20, 2015. Accessed 30 November 2020. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/oldest-lice-combs-in-the-americas-discovered/
Mieri, Magdalena. “Peinetones: High combs, high fashion.” O Say Can You See? Stories from the Museum. National Museum of American History. 5 May 2014. Accessed 13 December 2020. https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/2014/05/peinetones-high-combs-high-fashion.html
Morton, Ella. “Some of History’s Most Beautiful Combs Were Made for Lice Removal.”Atlas Obscura. June 21, 2016. Accessed October 23, 2020. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/some-of-historys-most-beautiful-combs-were-made-for-lice-removal.
Mumcuoglu, Kosta Y. “The Louse Comb: Past and Present.” American Entomologist 54, iss. 3 (Fall 2008): 164-166. Accessed October 23, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/ae/54.3.164.
Oman, Georgia. “A Celluloid Comb.” Doing History in Public (blog). December 2019. https://doinghistoryinpublic.org/2019/12/12/12/.
Palma, Ricardo. “Ancient Head Lice on a Wooden Comb from Antinoë, Egypt.” The Journal of Egyptian Archeology. 77: 194. January 1991. Accessed 30 November 2020. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/272550927_Ancient_Head_Lice_on_a_Wooden_Comb_from_Antinoe_Egypt
Paterson, C. “The Combs, Ornaments, Weights and Coins.” In Cille Pheadair: A Norse Farmstead and Pictish Burial Cairn in South Uist, by Pearson M. Parker, et. al., 293-336. Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2018. Accessed October 18, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/j.ctvh1drqr.19.
Payne, Megan. “Hair Combs From Around the World.” Intern@Work (blog). Cortland Public History. Spring 2017. https://sites.cortland.edu/cph/town/student-internship-projects/hair-combs/.
Peineta (Comb); shaped and pierced tortoiseshell; 2018-41-1. Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. Accessed 20 November 2020. https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/2318793362/
Steinburg, Barbara. Hair Combs by Barbara Ann (blog). Barbara Ann’s Hair Comb Blog. http://barbaraanneshaircombblog.com.
Sherrow, Victoria. Encyclopedia of Hair: A Cultural History. Westport: Greenwood Press, 2006. https://archive.org/details/encyclopediaofha0000sher/mode/2up.
Shimeon, Miriam bat. “Wooden Combs.” Miriam’s Middle Eastern Research Blog. Accessed October 23, 2020. https://awalimofstormhold.wordpress.com/2013/12/08/wooden-combs/.
Smith, Ernie. “A Brief History of the Unbreakable Comb.” Atlas Obscura. August 18, 2017. Accessed 30 November 2020. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/unbreakable-comb-history
Turk, Diana B. “What a Hot Comb Can Tell Us about History: Material Culture and the Classroom.” OAH Magazine of History 20, no. 1 (2006): 50-53. Accessed October 18, 2020. http://www.jstor.org/stable/25162017.
Westmont, V. Camille. “Faux Materials and aspirational identity: Celluloid combs and the working class dreams in the Pennsylvania anthracite region.” Journal of Material Culture. Vol. 25 (1) 93-107. Accessed 30 November 2020. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1359183519858377
White, Carolyn L. American Artifacts of Personal Adornment, 1680-1820: A Guide to Identification and Interpretation. Lanham: Rowman Altamira, 2005.