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Whisk broom also known as a whisk brush

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Whisk broom also known as a whisk brush
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This object appears in the following sections:


Lives on the Railroad: Salisbury, North Carolina, 1927
Lives on the Railroad: Salisbury, North Carolina, 1927 — Pullman Porter

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Porter’s whisk brush
Catalog #: 1986.0811.01, Accession #: 1986.0811
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This brush used by porter Lawrence W. Davis.
Physical Description
Used by donor when he was a Pullman Porter. Standard whisk broom, straw bundle wrapped with metal wire at end, mid section stitched across with red yarn to form broad sweeping end. Dimentions: 13 1/4" L x 5" W x 1 1/4" D.
Details
Note:
Pullman Cars ran everywhere in the U.S.
Credit:
Gift of Lawrence W. Davis
History

A Pullman porter used such a brush to whisk dust off blankets or curtains. On a passenger's request, a porter might use this whisk to brush dust off heavier outer clothing. Male passengers often asked for a whisking-off of their overcoats or wool jackets just before stepping off a train.

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


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