3.5 heavy pick

Description

Documented by the manufacturer as a 3.5 heavy pick, this afro comb was injection moulded in nylon (polyamide) by M.A. Industries, US, circa 1980s. Designed with a plain head and 15 tines, it is sealed within its original packaging and was sold by the shop K&B, at a cost of $1.49 (this example is deadstock). The long, wide teeth of the comb are used to lift tight curls, stretching the hair out from the roots into a desired style or shape using a picking motion. The pick has retained essentially the same design throughout history, from early examples discovered in ancient Egypt. In the 1970s it became an evocative symbol representing Black cultural identity. Refer AIBDC : 009129 for a clenched fist pick.
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Inscriptions

printed: "Quality by M.A. Industries. Unbreakable Ntaural Afro. M.A. Industries, Inc. PO Box 2322. Peachtree City, GA. 30269. New Nylon. No. 200-c." (Front of packaging)
printed: "K&B. 615477730310. Price 1.49" (shop price label)

Object number

AIBDC : 009128

Date

1980 - 1989 (circa)

Country

Dimensions
Width
88mm
Depth
7mm
Length
167mm

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