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F. W. Gray Comb Designs

A description of the collection at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: DGI/MM
Date: 2006

Biographical History

F. W. Gray flourished around 1880 and died in 1912 in New York City.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The F. W. Gray Comb Designs consists of two scrapbooks containing templates of designs for plastic hair combs. The comb patterns are pasted onto the pages of two scrapbooks. On the inside of the back cover of one is a note saying that the book belonged to F.W. Gray of New York City around 1880 and came into the possession of Irvin F. Gray upon his death in 1912; the other is inscribed "F. W. Gray" on the flyleaf.

Arrangement of the Collection



Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

Special Collections Research Center has numerous holdings in the areas of plastics and industrial design. Please refer to the SCRC Subject Index for a complete listing.

Subject Headings


Gray, F. W. -- Archives.


Ornamental combs.
Plastics industry and trade.

Genres and Forms


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

F. W. Gray Comb Designs,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Transfer from National Plastics Center and Museum, 11/06/2008.

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