Bear’s Grease: A 19th-century cure for baldness, sores and cowlicks

Bear’s Grease: A 19th-century cure for baldness, sores and cowlicks

Have you ever wondered what people used to care for and style their hair before the advent of hairspray, gel, shampoo and conditioner? The week’s Pennsylvania Treasure, discovered by CAP curator Rachel Lovelace-Portal, answers that question in the form of bear’s grease, or, more specifically, a small ceramic jar that once contained bear’s grease. The …

Continue reading ‘Bear’s Grease: A 19th-century cure for baldness, sores and cowlicks’ »

Porcelain scent bottle helps Philadelphia businessman win his bride

Porcelain scent bottle helps Philadelphia businessman win his bride

This week’s Pennsylvania Treasure is a porcelain scent bottle and stopper made by The Tucker Factory in Philadelphia. The bottle is made of glazed porcelain with enamel, gilt and painted decorations. The name “M.Earp 1837” is inscribed on one side of the artifact. CAP curators Amy Frey and Rachel Lovelace-Portal chose this item because it …

Continue reading ‘Porcelain scent bottle helps Philadelphia businessman win his bride’ »