'The Shaving Machine', mechanised hair dresing, 1794.

 
'The Shaving Machine', mechanised hair dresing, 1794.
4 0 c m
 
28cm
actual image size: 20cm x 32cm

Description

A series of men sit with their heads fixed, waiting to have their beards automatically trimmed by a machine, which is mounted on a track. The text gives an explanation of the proces. The boy in the foreground is dresing a wig in 'the ordinary and tedious manner'. The machine was supposedly sold by D Merry and Son of Birmingham at a cost of seven guineas.

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