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W.W.II Period, U.S., Woman's, "Victory Hair Pin Kit", With It's Original Box
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Here is a neat little item for the conscientious collector of women's historical artifacts that is almost never found, but often needed for a mannequin/exhibit. It is a W.W.II period, U.S., woman's, hair pin kit which appears to be totally complete, and which includes it's original packing box. Unlike modern "Bobby Pins", these are the correct W.W.II style of black color metal hair pins worn by all women of the period. This included both military and civilian alike. The box unto itself is a work of art by it's elaborate artwork design, and it's also a great period example of the advertising style found back then. The box is colorful and well worded. it reads: "Exclusively Yours, Victory Hair Pin Kit, Smith Victory Corp., Buffalo, New York". But printed all over this box is also much patriotic wording/slogans that make this necessary little woman's antique a really cool ditty. The box art caricature of a woman dressed in a typical period, white color, Civil Defense Workers helmet. Part of her cool slogan reads: "Vicky Victory", your Hair Aid (get it?) warden says! Save steel, use your Victory Hair Pin Kit Again and Again! Take it to the beatuy salon every time you go!", and the likes of: "Keep and re-use these pins, Uncle Sam needs the steel!". The condition of this kit is in EXCELLENT PLUS CONDITION, just showing some typical age scuffing. The inside pins are all in MINT CONDITION and appear to be all there.
Comments from the Curator:
This little item is almost always overlooked by collectors of female war time artifacts, headgear, and uniforms alike. Have you ever had to wrestle with a female mannequin's wig to try to keep it in place and not fall off? Have you ever cursed at the wig on your female mannequin or display head as you fought to keep her hat in it's proper location? Then you will know the value of these necessary pins. They help to keep a "goils" hat on her noggin and not on da floor! Many period photograph will show these pins mounted on the side of a lady's garrison cap holding it in place. And this was O.K. as far as regulations went even though they did have to show a little on the outside curtain of such caps. A savvy collector knows that even such small, mundane items as hair pins, are just as important to be historically correct for an exhibit as any other item found on a proper uniform display. As they say.....It's the little things that count!
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