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'Sol' hairdryer, Germany, c 1925.

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'Sol' hairdryer, Germany, c 1925.
3 3 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 25cm


This early electric fan-driven hairdryer is simple in design and has two heat settings. It was generally used by middle clas households in the 1920s. The first purpose-made hairdryers were boxes that stood on the table; hand-held dryers were introduced by the US Racine Universal Motor Company in 1920.

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