If there is one thing that is true about history, it’s the fact that things are constantly changing. We often see this in ancient history, and people certainly did live in different lines back then. Even in more modern times, however, there have been some changes that often take people by surprise when they hear about them. Looking back just a few decades often yields some rather interesting surprises.
Perhaps you are somebody that enjoys a good mystery, and this is one for you to solve. In taking a look at the image that is included here, do you have any idea what it is? If you are stumped by the image, don’t be too hard on yourself. It turns out, only one in 10,000 people can correctly identify this device, which used to be quite popular. We will give you some clues below.
When you look at the world around you, you find that humans are rather innovative in what they are able to do. Believe it or not, there was a time when the head of the patent office quit his job because he thought that everything that was able to be invented was invented. How wrong he was! Inventions take place at all times and there are even more ideas that are on the drawing board. For example, university students designed a chair that would knit a hat as you rocked back and forth.
This picture continues to be a mystery for many people but it was a contraption that served a very specific purpose. If you take a closer look at the picture before we give you the answer, you may just be able to solve the mystery on your own.
Take a look at the device and noticed the stem that extends a circular piece with multiple cords. The items that are attached to the cords are at similar heights and it has to be plugged in in order to function.
Are you ready for some hints?
It was popular in the mid-1900s
Lucille Ball might have used it
Do you give up? It is a permanent wave machine that was used to give people a perm.
The history of this machine is rather interesting.
“The first U.S. patent for a permanent wave machine was given to Marjorie Joyner in 1928. Joyner, an African-American woman who graduated from a predominantly Caucasian beauty school, lived in Chicago and owned a beauty salon,” The State Museum of Pennsylvania shares on its website.
You can look at the video clip below to see what it was like to get your hair permed with one of these devices. It certainly was more involved than what people have to go through today.
Some women would have to spend half a day in the salon while people worked on their hair. It was also dangerous and many people were burned with it.
Today, getting a perm is not very intimidating. A chemical process is used and there is no electrical heating required. You can also move around the room while it is taking place.
So how did you do? Did you get it?
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