Monday, November 15, 2010

And the Artifact is...

On Friday, we asked you to guess what this artifact is:


Once it's opened up, it's easy to see that it's actually a foldable clothes hanger. Could you tell?

Here it is unfolded:
A century ago, these practical devices were typically used in trunks aboard steamships to America (though it's doubtful that the poorer immigrants to America would have had access to them).

Of course, hangers similar to this aren't odd today. You can find plenty of different collapsible clothes hanger designs on sale, typically made of plastic but otherwise very similar to our artifact.

Remember to check back Friday for another chance to guess the artifact.

-Posted by Joe Klarl

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