Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Barbie's Comb

Wherever there are people there are combs. Combs made of bone and shell and ivory survive from 5000 years ago. The first combs were made as decorative ornaments. They not only kept hair in place, but there is evidence that they were used to clean hair of parasites. Speaking of which, some say the bubonic plague was spread by fleas passed along in nit-picking combs.
The plastic comb arrived in the mid-nineteenth century when an early plastic, Parkesine or Celluloid, replaced tortoise shell and elephant ivory. In fact, one of the first uses of plastic was in the manufacture of combs.
In the welter of combs we've found over the years we have two Barbie combs. Imagine finding that tiny toy groomer in the vast expanse of sand and surf.

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