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Tue, 11.27.1928

Black woman patents hair wave machine

Majorie Joyner

On this date in 1928, Marjorie Joyner received a patent for a hair wave machine. Her permanent hair wave machine, U.S. Patent # 1,693,515, could wave the hair of both white and Black people.

Joyner was employed by the Madame C.J. Walker Cosmetic Company and assigned her patent rights to that company.  She also developed lotions and creams for which she acquired trademarks.

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By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

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