Category Archives: Beauty & Cosmetics

Sailor Tattoos Decoded

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Patches

That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers

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Fashion in Song – Mr. Poppleton’s Moustache – c. 1860

I can’t find a publication date for this c. 1860 comic song, but it was composed by English song writer and lyricist Henry Walker and published in London.                     They say … Continue reading

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Wartime film on good grooming

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1001 uses for Scotch tape – #731

Someone in the 1950s thought this idea up — it’s better than a bowl…

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40 Years of Punk/Goth

Created by Liisa Ladouceur, Canadian author of The Encyclopedia Gothica, this AMAZING video uses the popular ‘fashion through time’ videos that have been popping up over the last couple of years (but are usually filled with inaccuracies.) This video tracks … Continue reading

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Lipstick templates

The first commercial lipsticks appeared on the market in the 1880s. While too much lipstick soon became associated with loose morals, many ‘nice girls’ dabbed lip colour sparingly onto their lips to achieve a healthier appearance. Just as the fashion for stronger lip … Continue reading

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Moustache fashion

By the time I went back to my bookmarked page to purchase this 1904 Moustache trainer on Ruby Lane a few months ago, someone had snapped it up. Not that I avidly collect moustache related paraphernalia (I assume the buyer was a collector). The … Continue reading

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American creator of the Beehive hairdo Margaret Heldt 1918 – 2016

In February 1960, the editor of Modern Beauty Shop magazine challenged Chicago hairdressing salon owner and hairstyling champion Margaret Heldt, to create a new hairstyle for the new decade. Taking inspiration from the shape of a favourite hat, Margaret backcombed … Continue reading

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Canadian Fashion Connection – False Eyelashes

Actress Lillian Gish claimed that DW Griffith had invented false eyelashes in 1916 when he had a pair made of human hair glued to a strip of gauze for actress Seena Owen to wear in his film Intolerance. That would be a nice … Continue reading

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