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ca. 1932 - Jean Harlow's natural platinum blonde hair matches exactly with the piece of platinum she's holding

PLATINUM? SCIENCE PROVES IT!

E&MP 94.023

Photo Electric Cells

ca. 1932

Jean Harlow's natural platinum blonde hair matches exactly with the piece of platinum she's holding.

Engineers took this new Westinghouse color matcher to her suite in Pittsburgh to settle once and for all whether she's a platinum blonde.

The match was perfect, so there's no argument.

More sensitive than human eyes, the color matcher with its never-erring "electric eye" has been developed in the Westinghouse research laboratories to assist industry duplicate colors in manufacturing processes.

Reflected light is put to work in this new color matcher, according to Westinghouse engineers.

The quantities of light reflected respectively by two samples of color are measured by two "light-sensitive" photo electric cells and a meter indicates the degree of match.


Original Caption by Science Service
©Westinghouse Electric - News Department

Additional Information:

On Form 10161 J, complete with "article submittal notice" and return envelope, the technical press editor of Westinghouse Electric & Mfg. Co. offered newspapers an illustrated story stating that Westinghouse engineers had examined the hair of Film Actress Jean Harlow with a Westinghouse color matcher and found it real platinum color.

Courtesy TIME http://www.time.com



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