Bestfrend Electric Hair Dryer

Details
Object number
AIBDC : 006578SA
Country
Date
1939 (circa)

Description

A boxed hair dryer with a compression moulded phenol formaldehyde casing manufactured in the UK by the Bestfrend Electrical Co., Ltd circa 1939. The handle unscrews to allow for more compact storage and there are two metal on/off switches set either side of the motor housing. The fabric covered power cable terminates in a fitting for a light bulb socket. Although in production from 1933, a letter accompanying the hairdryer states that this example was given as a 21st birthday present in 1939 and was in regular use until 1979.
Designers & Manufacturers
Designer (Person)

Inscriptions

moulded: "BESTFREND. British Made throughout. The Bestfrend Electrical Co. Ltd. 200/250V 500W Pats Nos. 394.258/ 1932 402.852/1932" (side of hairdryer)
printed: "BESTFREND ELECTRIC HAIR DRYER A High Class British Made Product. Manufactured by THE BESTFREND ELECTRICAL CO., LTD., BANSTEAD, ENGLAND" (lid of box)
Dimensions
Width
190mm
Height
205mm
Depth
75mm
Material Note
plastic
PF outer casing , handle and plug
phenol formaldehyde
bakelite - generic term
metal motor, fan and switches
Colour Note
hairdryer
printed label on brown cardboard box