History of Beauty, Leisure and Health

Dolly Parton and the rouge of pain

In this occasional series, I present, without comment, extracts from autobiographies of women detailing their experience of beauty and beauty products. "Womanhood was a difficult thing to get a grip on in those hills, unless you were a man. My sisters and I used to...

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Loie Fuller Electrique

Images of the very rare (and very gorgeous) Loie Fuller Automaton a working musical model of the dancer Loie Fuller performing. Read more.

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The Evolution of Chanel No 5

The Evolution of Chanel No 5 Chanel No. 5 was born in 1920 and was originally created as a limited edition of only 100 bottles to give as holiday gifts for customers of the Chanel boutique. But first there was a guerrilla marketing launch when to celebrate the...

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A Brief History of False Eyelashes

A well-known tale has it that film director D.W Griffith invented the first set of false eyelashes during the filming of Intolerance, which was released in 1916. This profile enhancing effect gave leading lady, Seena Owen, a boost and the false eyelash was born. But...

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Dating Evening in Paris bottles

Dating Evening in Paris bottles Evening in Paris, a perfume by French cosmetics, company Bourjois, was once one of the most celebrated and recognised perfumes in the world. Before Evening in Paris Bourjois had been primarily known for their lipsticks and powders,...

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The Pony Ballet

The Pony Ballet The group of women who became world famous as The Pony Ballet were all trained by Professor Van Tiller at the Tiller Training School for dancing in London, making their debut on Boxing Night 1896. Legend has it (or rather their clever promoter, James...

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The Max Factor Kissing Machine

The Max Factor Kissing Machine “the world’s first perfect lipstick…a lipstick that imparts a life-like red to the lips.. that is non-drying but indelible..that eliminates lipsticks lines.. and that is safe for sensitive lips.” In 1939 Max Factor Jr (his father the...

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Kiss Proof Lipstick

Kissproof James Leslie Younghusband first established his career in women’s cosmetics with the launch of Delica Bow on 20 August 1920. I haven’t been able to find any advertising for this product from that year but later adverts refer to it as a “liquid dressing for...

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The Tweaker

“Your daintiness demands arms and legs free from unsightly hairs. When you mingle with the happy summer throng at the beaches….. whenever you “go formal”… every time you wear a pair of gossamer chiffon hose.. you are conscious of the importance of taking every...

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Beauty Patches

Beauty Patches First popular during the Roman period and despite being mostly associated with the 17th and 18th centuries the fashion for beauty patches was revived several times in the 20th century as well. Known as Mouches or “flies” the more modern craze for these...

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