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Unique cigarette holders? Medieval tools of torture?

No, just an example of a woman’s beauty supplies from the mid-20th Century – metal hair curlers.

These curlers are in the wire clasp style and would be used when doing a “wet set”. Although not pictured here, the curlers came in every size from “midget” known for grabbing onto those pesky short hairs at the neck nape, to “giant” which would have been used for fashionable rolls and puffs.