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Porter’s clothes brush
Catalog #: 1986.0811.03, Accession #: 1986.0811
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
Used by donor when he was a Pullman Porter. Two types of natural bristle attached to elliptical wood handle. The word "PULLMAN" is stamped into top of the brush.
Physical Description
Brush with two kinds of bristles. L 7" x W 1 1/4" W x 1 1/4 H
Date Made:
ca. 1920s-40s
Pullman cars ran everywhere in the U.S.
Gift of Lawrence W. Davis

At a passenger's request, a Pullman porter would "dust off" a sleeping-car passenger's clothing. The two types of bristles on a Pullman Co. clothes brush (soft and harder) accommodated different fabrics without damage to the fabric.

See other Pullman and Pullman Porter-related objects and photos in this database.

Related People, Places, and Events
Related Place
Washington, DC - Donor worked on Pullman Wash'n Div

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