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Razor Blade Sharpening Stone in Box - Hairdressing, circa 1950 Object Reg. No: SH 940565

Summary:
Razor blade sharpening stone and storage box purchased in Melbourne by Ernesto Angerame around 1949 for his barber shop at 330 Lygon Street, Carlton. Some of his tools and equipment were purchased from other Italian barbers closing down their businesses.

Ernesto Angerame was born in 1920 in Viggiano, in the region of Basilicata, Italy. He migrated reluctantly to Melbourne in 1937, having replaced his brother who had changed his mind. He learned the barber trade during his sea voyage and completed his apprenticeship upon arrival. In 1942, Ernesto was conscripted as an enemy alien into the Civilian Army Corps and released in 1945. In 1949 he opened his own barber's shop in Lygon Street Carlton (known as the Sportsmen's Saloon from the early 1950s) which he ran until he retired in 1984. He cut the hair of numerous local and visiting sportsmen, and was official barber to the Carlton Football Club. His shop also sold tobacconist and hair care products and traditional Italian playing cards.
Description:
Brown cardboard box with lid containing flat rectangular sharpening stone with two curved edges. One end of block has manufacturer's impression: 'world's best dubl duck/dry hone'
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Ernesto Angerame, 1994
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 15 mm (Height), 25 mm (Width), 62 mm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: hairdressing, hairdressing industry, italian communities, italian immigration, trades
Themes this item is part of: Ernesto Angerame, Italian Migrant & Barber, 1937, Italian Historical Society CO.AS.IT. Collection, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: hairdressing equipment
Inscriptions: Inscription on box lid worn and difficult to read but appears to be: dubl duck with two duck motifs in between.
Stone: 'world's best dubl duck/dry hone'
Past Owner or User: Mr Ernesto Angerame, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, 1949-1984

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