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Hairdressing on the Olympian (editor's title)

Barbershop on train
Publicity photo by Lawson Studios, Chicago, for the Milwaukee Road, promoting high-end services on the Olympian between Chicago and Seattle-Tacoma. An African-American hairdresser is shampooing and rinsing the hair of a white woman who is likely a model hired for the occasion. This picture reflects the tradition of using African Americans as service employees for passengers of all colors. Only the sliver of a train window on the left indicates that this salon was a railroad entity. The fittings otherwise could have been in a large hotel in any major city.
Source Lake Forest College Library Special Collections
Coverage Spatial, unknown; Temporal, c. 1930
Rights Lake Forest College
Date Created c1930
Resource Type
Extent 7 in. x 9 in.
Depicted Railroad
Depicted Occupation
Image Type Portrait of service provider and passenger
Train Type Passenger train
Collection Arthur Dubin Collection
Image ID Dubin.I.15.7
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