Grade Range: K-12
Resource Type(s): Artifacts, Primary Source
Date Posted: 9/3/2008
This tortoiseshell woman's hair comb dates from the 19th century. A precursor to plastics, tortoiseshell and horn were common materials used in combs since they could be made soft and moldable by heating. As they cooled, they would harden and keep their new shape.
From the Teodoro Vidal Collection
United States History Standards (Grades 5-12)