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The Comb


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The comb appears in The Comb and the Box. Initially, it is owned by Harold Stritzke, but he turns it over to Joe Miller and Jennifer Bloom.

When a user runs the comb through their hair, the comb stops relative time. After this occurs, the user is able to move about freely, but is unable to move any stationary object. They can, however, move their own clothing and any object with which they happened to be in initial contact. The comb also appears to cause mild chromatic distortion.

The comb is 7 inches (18 cm) in length and made of plastic. It has 31 large teeth and 59 small ones. It is identical to a modern “Narrow Ruled” styling comb produced by Aristocrat. However, there are several matching vintage combs including the Pretty Miss and the Contessa. Most likely all of these combs have their origin in the same manufacturing specifications.

The comb is easy to find. However, it is important to search based on image as well as name.

Useful ebay search terms:

comb

Currently, they are sold in bundles of 12 through =sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1293351743&sr=8-9][sign in to see URL]. When shipping and convenience are taken into account, this is not a bad way to buy them. In addition to being an object, they are also a sensible utilitarian comb.


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Hello all,
 in my usual manner of over thinking things I've discovered some blatant errors in my observations concerning the Comb. 1 It doesn't matter if the comb belongs to Eddie or not. Objects are Objects because they were in the Room during the Event (God am I thick lol), not because they belong to Eddie.

2 Of course the Comb was a barber/stylist comb, because when Harold was taken into the Room, they went through a Barbershop, and the cop grabbed a container of combs that he used to confuse Harold. After all of the combs were scattered in the Room, Harold could not tell the difference between the Object Comb, and all of the common combs visually. Had the Object Comb been something special he could have picked it out of the pile easily. Those are the glaring errors, there may be others.

I do think the Comb is an American made product, because most things used here were in 1961. I think it had to do with crazy, isolationist thinking and protectionism. All of that America first and workers rights crap that thankfully we abandoned so we could enjoy such lush times as these.
I still think the Comb was Comp, and was probably inexpensive so it could be given away without hardship.

I think I have found a good source for The Comb, from an American company in business since 1939.
The link is here. [sign in to see URL]

Since the pictures are small I think it will take the keen eyes of the schooled to determine which one is correct. The company it's self seems to be a subsidiary of The Stephan Company. It boast "With over 100 years of experience, continues to keep one step ahead of the ever-changing hair and personal grooming products industry." The supplier for the link is Williamsport Beauty & Barber Supply They say "since 1939, has been supplying the needs of professional barbers and hair stylists. Williamsport has been a trusted friend and tradition within the industry supplying their loyal customers with a complete range of select industry necessities through their extensive catalog..." I think it's a reasonable bet that this outfit likely supplied combs across the country in 1961. The only mystery at this point (in the limited realm of this conversation) is why did the motel comp barber combs? Maybe the company being a large supplier gave the best price to the hotel/motel circuit.

Here's a link to a hotel/motel supplier who list Personal Care Amenities and combs are listed. Not the one were looking for, but I post this information to show that it does bolster the idea that the Comb was comp since combs are listed as a personal care amenity.
Go here [sign in to see URL]#personal Yet another [sign in to see URL] as well as a comb supplier.

This may be instructive (at least for me) object "anything that is visible or tangible and is relatively stable in form." So in the none Lost Room world I guess everything in Room 10 is an Object, but in the Paulion world...? Well lets just say that's way above my pay grade at this point.emoticon
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You are definitely over thinking this. We know that all styles of combs were available to the general public because of display stands and advertisements we have found. It is not unreasonable that Eddie might have had an oddball comb. Who knows, maybe he got it from a barber or borrowed it from Mabel. I don’t think a guy like Eddie would much care so long as it combed his hair.

I’m off to work…

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Here you go Spike, I finally got it! I'll try to get the scanner going later for better pictures. emoticon

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I’m not sure what to make of it. It definitely reopens the tooth count debate. It is the first evidence I have seen that we may be completely off on the comb.

Here is the best available screen cap of the comb:

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I count 59 small teeth, but you can check it yourself. I had to count the bases on your comb, but you will have to count the tips on this one.

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I counted 60.

Never mind, I see 59

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I've tried every way imaginable to come up with a different count for either comb. I have adjusted the lighting, sharpened the image, and counted in a different way. That last tooth just doesn't reckon.

You have, however, sold the more important point: somewhere out there is a comb with 59 small teeth. When I get home tonight, I will adjust the article accordingly.

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So, would that make my comb more show correct?

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I need that scan so that I can see the profile. If it has the right shape, it would be more show correct.

Possibly, it is 100%. Unless we get a better picture of the comb in the show, I will never be absolutely confident of the tooth count. Also, until we can match the tooth count exactly, I will always be suspicious of graphic manipulation: an accountant is never satisfied until the books balance to the penny.

In any case, I need the scan so that I can add it to the catalogue entry. I must have good evidence. What else do you know about this comb? Where did you get it? Does it have a name? Can you get more?

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Ok, I don't know when, but I'll try to get a scan. I bought it at an antique store. The worker didn't know anything about it. It has the little "USA" print like the other comb. I found it in a bag with some other things, I didn't know what they were. I can only see one circle where they injected the plastic when it was made. And last it IS pretty old. I'm pretty sure that it would be hard to get more. That's all I know about it.

And Spike, the Combs we have today have 59 teeth, not 65. Might want to check that.

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