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Take a walk on the Odd side...of Indiana

Nestle Permanent Wave Machine
Nestle Permanent Wave Machine
Indiana State Museum

Since 1862, the Indiana State Museum has collected thousands of pieces of Hoosier history, mystery and oddity. These objects share, teach and pass along stories and experiences from one generation to another. However, over the last 148 years, some items never made its way to the public because they never “fit in” with exhibits and remained in storage for many years.

Beginning Sept.4, the Indiana State Museum will proudly display the more than 50 whacked-out items in a new exhibit, Odd Indiana. Each unusual piece, representing science and culture, gives its own intriguing, baffling and amusing aspect of the Hoosier state and tells a unique story of what life was like in the past.

While exploring the diverse collection of interesting and authentic artifacts, documents and images, touch-screens will be on site to give a more in-depth history about particular items most intriguing. From pieces of hair art to burnt wood to old farming equipment, this is a special exhibit that is appealing due the fact that people can find at least one item to relate and speak out about no matter if they’re younger or older.

A featured item in this exhibit is a Nestle Permanent Wave Machine. For only $3, women of the 1920s could get their hair curled and have it last for more than a year. All it took was four to six hours, electrified rods, chemicals and extreme heat and that person would have a head of curls. The specific machine on display was used by Mrs. Catherine Costello in her beauty shop at the Claypool Hotel in downtown Indianapolis.

The exhibit, located in the Lincoln Financial Foundation Gallery, runs during normal museum hours beginning Sept. 4 and is included with the price of admission. For more information, call 317.232.1637 or visit indianamuseum.org.

(written by Chris Della Rocco)

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