From the Wikipedia Free Online Encyclopedia
History of the Backscratcher
“[As] its name suggests the primary use of the tool is backscratching, but little is known of its history, and it was unquestionably also employed as a kind of rake to keep in order the huge "heads" of powdered hair worn by ladies during a considerable portion of the 18th and the early part of the 19th centuries.
The hand was now and again replaced by a rake or a bird's claw. The hand could represent either a left or right hand, but the Chinese variety usually bears a right hand.
Like most of the obsolete appliances of daily life, the backscratcher, or scratch-back, as it was sometimes called (but not in the 20th century), has become scarce except as a cheap novelty item at discount stores or souvenir stands and it is one of the innumerable objects which attract the attention of the modern collector.”
This right-handed plastic yellow “Itchin' Stick” is a souvenir from Wisconsin Dells, Wis. The backscratchder measures 16” long and has a plastic hanging loop.
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