Solving mysteries is fun. They challenge us to think outside the box and examine all the evidence honestly before making any conclusion. The best detectives and investigators are able to look objectively at the evidence and make conclusions based on what they see. Those that ignore the facts and make up stories are not going to be able to solve any problems.
Check out the image included here. Do you have any clue as to what it is? If not, don’t worry. Only about 1 in 10,000 people are able to identify this formerly popular device. Scroll down for more clues and the answer…
If you keep your eyes open, you’ll witness some pretty extraordinary things.
For example, a group of university students designed a rocking chair that knits a winter hat has you rock back and forth. Don’t believe me. Well you can check out more about the Rocking Knit Chair. It’s real and was premiered at the Low-Tech Factory.
While you watch the news or do a crossword puzzle, the chair knits a winter cap by using the back and forth movement to turn the gears of a simple mechanism. It’s truly an ingenious invention.
Well the thing in this mystery picture serves a specific purpose just like the knitting rocking chair. What it is? Take a closer look at the picture again before we give away the answer…
Notice that 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 plugged into a power outlet for it to function.
Here’s a hint. Lucille Ball might have used it.
This thing was definitely popular back in the mid-1900s.
Can you guess?
It is a permanent wave machine! 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.
Check out the video clip below to see what it was like back in the day to get your hair permed. It was a much more involved process than today.
The permanent wave machine was an ordeal. It sometimes took about half a day to work so women spent a lot 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.”
Do you remember the permanent wave machine?
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