Beauty & Health

Including cosmetics (make-up, perfume), hair (shampoo, styling products, colouring), toiletries (teeth, skin care, feminine hygiene) and medicinal (first aid, pain relief, fitness). Below are the brands and products in this category.

17 Cosmetics “Looks Even Better On A Girl”~ Adverts [1985]

“Looks even better on a girl.”
These ads for 17 Cosmetics by Boots are from 1985.

Category: Cosmetics

17 Cosmetics “Real Girls Wear” ~ Adverts [1986]

“Real girls wear 17 Cosmetics.”
These ads for 17 Cosmetics by Boots are from 1986.

Category: Cosmetics

Afro Sheen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1973]

“Wantu Wazuri (Beautiful People)”
These ads for Afro Sheen hair care products date from 1968-73. Many of the ads used Swahili headlines.

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Category: Hair

All Ways “911” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1992-1993]

“Space age results!”
These ads for All Ways “911” emergency hair care products are from 1992-93. Because outer space can play havoc with your hair-do.

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Category: Hair

Apex ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1969]

“How to let your hair down. Apex style.”
These ads for Apex hair products date from 1960-69.

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Category: Hair

Body Mist ~ Deodorant Adverts [1970-1975]

“The one anti-perspirant that’s right for every woman”
These Body Mist deodorant adverts are from 1970-75.

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Category: Toiletries

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1937]

“Stop morning-after before it starts.”
These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1937 and were aimed at men who had partied too hard the night before!

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Category: Medicinal

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1940]

“The champ of headache remedies.”
These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.

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Category: Medicinal

Bromo-Seltzer ~ Antacid Adverts [1950-1951]

“Where others fail Bromo-Seltzer works.”
These split-head ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1950, with a change of design into 1951.

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Category: Medicinal

Care Free Curl ~ Hair Care Adverts [1981-1989]

“Be daring. Be bold.”
These ads for Care Free Curl hair products by Soft Sheen date from 1981-89.

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Category: Hair

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1956-1959]

“Individual beauty, made to order!”
These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1956-59, many of which were photographed through textured glass.

Category: Cosmetics

Charles of the Ritz ~ Makeup Adverts [1959-1966]

“It’s the fashion to wear made-to-order face powder!”
These ads for Charles of the Ritz cosmetics date from 1959-66.

Category: Cosmetics

Colegate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1948] Comic Strip

“It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!”
These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste are from 1948.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1937]

“Her smile won him… but her breath lost him.”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1937. The comic strip style used continued for many years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939]

“Nobody makes a pass at me!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1939. The comic strip style used continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1940]

“She looks like a million… but she hasn’t much sense!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1940. This comic strip style continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1941]

“Husbands don’t TALK about it!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1941. This style continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1942]

“If it’s kissing you’re missing, check up on your breath!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1942. This style continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1943]

“I’m the lonesomest gob in town!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1943. This style continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1944]

“I don’t know how he does it”
These black and white photo story ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1944, a style which was used for several years. All the ads featured unlucky-in-love soldiers and sailors with various dental hygiene issues.

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Category: Toiletries

Colgate Toothpaste ~ Adverts [1938]

“Go ‘way! You’ve got bad breath!”
These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1938. The comic strip style used continued for several years.

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Category: Toiletries

Coty ~ Makeup Adverts [1942-1947] Illustration by Carl Erickso

“There’s beauty in the air!”
These ads for Coty cosmetics date from 1942-47. They were illustrated by Carl Erickson.

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Category: Cosmetics

Debbie Gibson “Electric Youth” Perfume ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“Electric Youth – The electric fragrance!”
These ads for Debbie Gibson’s “Electric Youth” perfume are from 1989-90. It was produced by Revlon and distributed by Natural Wonder Cosmetics, which Debbie Gibson advertised between 1988-90.

Category: Cosmetics

Debbie Gibson “Natural Wonder Cosmetics” ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“Pretty was never so pure.”
These ads for Natural Wonder Cosmetics by Revlon are from 1988-90, during which time Debbie Gibson was spokeswoman.

Category: Cosmetics

Dr West’s ~ Toothbrush Adverts [1947-1952] Artwork by Bauman-Greene

“Package of smiles!”
These graphic style ads for Dr West’s “Miracle Tuft” toothbrushes date from 1947-52, with photography by Bauman-Greene.

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Category: Toiletries

Dr West’s ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrated

“Package of smiles!”
These illustrated ads for Dr West’s toothpaste date from 1947-48.

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Category: Toiletries

Du Pont Combs ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947]

“Lovely hair deserves fine care.”
These ads for Du Pont combs date from 1946-47. Each ad featured a model with lovely long, combed hair.

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Category: Hair

Du Pont Hair Brushes ~ Hair Care Adverts [1946-1947]

“Brushing puts a gleam in your hair.”
These ads for Du Pont hair brushes date from 1946-48 and featured lovely ladies brushing their luxurious locks.

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Category: Hair

DuBarry Beauty Preparations ~ Adverts [1945-1946]

“As radiant as a precious jewel.”
These ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945-46.

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Category: Cosmetics

DuBarry Beauty Preparations ~ Adverts [1945]

“With lovely new clothes and completion, Margaret Ryan plans a Cabana honeymoon.”
These honeymoon themed ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945.

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Category: Cosmetics

DuBarry Beauty Preparations ~ Makeup Adverts [1947-1951]

“Who is she?”
This black & white ad campaign for DuBarry beauty preparations ran from 1947 until at least 1951.

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Category: Cosmetics

Duke “Style Of The Week” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1972]

“Duke…It’s bold! It’s natural!”
These ads for men’s hair styling product “Duke” ran each week between April and July 1972 in Jet magazine.

Category: Hair

Duke & Raveen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1964-1972]

“Sisters are different from brothers.”
These ads for men’s hair styling product Duke and their women’s range Raveen are from 1964 to 1972.

Category: Hair

Duke ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1973]

“Women love that Duke look!”
These ads for mens hair styling product “Duke” date from 1960 to 1973.

Category: Hair

Etiquet ~ Deodorant Adverts [1943]

“Should a Marine kiss a girl with his hat on?”
These ads for Etiquet antiseptic deodorant cream date from 1943.

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Category: Toiletries

Fashion Fair Cosmetics ~ Adverts [1975-1978]

“I’m just a soul singer from Detroit.”
These ads for Fashion Fair cosmetics date from 1975-78 and feature a variety of notable black women of the time.

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Category: Cosmetics

Fashion Fair Cosmetics ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“For beauty so irresistible it’s flirtatious.”
These are my pick of double page spread Fashion Fair Cosmetics adverts from 1979 to 1989 (found in Ebony and Jet magazines). The company began back in 1973, producing cosmetics for “women of colour”, and is still going strong to this day.

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Category: Cosmetics

Fashion Fair Perfume “Eunece” ~ Adverts [1980’s]

“It’s a girls best friend!”
These four ads for Eunece perfume by Fashion Fair are from 1986-87. These two chaps were fighting over the same lady for a long time!

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Category: Cosmetics

Feen-A-Mint ~ Laxative Adverts [1961-1962]

“Is your new hat more important than your laxative?”
These ads for Feen-A-Mint laxatives date from 1961-62.

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Category: Medicinal

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1939-1940]

“Drink it… to your health!”
These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1939-40. It was advertised as a cure-all for just about everything!

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Category: Medicinal

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1941]

“You’ll like yeast this new way!”
These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.

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Category: Medicinal

Fletcher’s Castoria ~ Laxative Adverts [1939-1941]

“I’m not a bad girl! You’re a bad mommy!”
These adverts for Fletcher’s Castoria date from 1939-1941 and feature a lot of finger pointing, angry parents, threats of spanking, and constipated children.

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Category: Medicinal

Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1951]

“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-51. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.

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Category: Toiletries

Gem Razors ~ Shaving Adverts [1944-1946] Illustrations by Peter Arno

“Avoid 5 O-Clock Shadow”
These busty illustrated ads for Gem razors and blades are from 1944-45 and featured artwork by Peter Arno.

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Category: Toiletries

Get In Shape Girl by Hasbro ~ Catalogues [1986-1987]

“A fitness programme for today’s young girl.”
During the mid to late 1980’s, Hasbro produced a line of fitness sets aimed at young girls.

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Category: Fitness / Category: Toys & Games

Helene Curtis “Gay Top” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1958-1961]

“For the Gay Top you game me Helene Curtis, I love you!”
These three adverts for Helene Curtis “Gay Top” are from 1958, 1959 & 1961.

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Category: Hair

Inecto-With-Lustrium ~ Hair Care Adverts [1940]

“You need never know Hearbreak-Age!”
These two ads for Inecto-With-Lustrium date from 1940.

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Category: Hair

Johnson’s ~ Baby Oil & Baby Powder Adverts [1944-1948]

“Now I’ll be the mama!”
These slightly terrifying ads featuring giant babies and tiny mothers are for Johnson’s Baby Oil & Baby Powder. They date from 1944-48.

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Category: Toiletries

Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

“Samson was a sissy!”
These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.

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Category: Medicinal

Kotex Kotique ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1969-1971]

“Come claim a private new world all for you. The Gentle Sex.”
This lovely illustrated ad campaign for Kotex Kotique feminine hygiene products date from 1969-71.

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Category: Toiletries

Kreml ~ Hair Care Adverts [1939-1944]

“Sailor beware of holiday hair!”
These ads for Kreml hair tonic date from 1939 to 1944.

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Category: Hair

Louis Philippe ~ “Sunbird” Lipstick Adverts [1946]

“For the song in your heart…”
These ads for Louis Philippe’s “Sunbird” lipstick date from 1946.

Category: Cosmetics

Louis Philippe ~ Face Powder Adverts [1942-1945]

“Spreads unbelievable youthful disguise over tired, drab skin!”
These ads for Louis Philippe face powder and rouge date from 1942-45.

Category: Cosmetics

Louis Philippe ~ Lipstick Adverts [1942-1946]

“Magnetise your lips!”
These ads for Louis Philippe lipstick date from 1942-46.

Category: Cosmetics

Low-Impact Aerobics, High-Impact Lycra [Working Mother, 1986]

“Tired of huffing and puffing, jiggling and jogging?”
This article on low-impact aerobics is from Working Mother magazine, Nov 1986. It goes without saying, my favourite move has to be the funky chicken, although anything performed in these glaring lycra outfits would be pretty funky.

Category: Fitness

Lustre Creme “Dream Girl” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1948]

“”Once her hair was her despair, now she’s a Lustre-Creme Dream Girl.””
These Lustre Creme shampoo ads from 1948 all had a very similar theme: shiny hair does a husband find.

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Category: Hair

Lustre Creme “Pink Is For Girls” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1967-1968]

“Made just for girls!”
These yummy pink Lustre Creme shampoo adverts from 1967-68 feature some very 60’s geometrics.

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Category: Hair

Magic Shaving Powder ~ Shaving Adverts [1964-1981]

“She’ll flip with your cool magic.”
These ads for Magic Shaving Powder and Magic After Shave Cream by Carson date between 1964-81.

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Category: Toiletries

Magnificent ~ Hair Care Adverts [1968-1971]

“Let’s get it together!”
These ads for Magnificent hair care products date from 1968-71.

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Category: Hair

Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

“Mommy protects me with baby powder.”
These ads for Mennen baby powder are from 1944.

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Category: Toiletries

Mennen ~ Shaving Adverts [1942-1944]

“For men in service – for men at home.”
This black, white and green ad campaign for Mennen shaving cream dates from 1942-44.

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Category: Toiletries

Mennen ~ Shaving Adverts [1946-1947] Illustrations by Norman Mingo

“I like smooth men!”
These illustrated pin-up girl ads are for Mennen shaving cream and after shave (called “Skin Bracer”). They’re from 1946-47 and feature artwork by Norman Mingo.

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Category: Toiletries

Mifflin ~ Skin Care Adverts [1940-1945]

“Rub and relax with Mifflin!”
These ads for rubbing alcohol Mifflin date from 1940-44.

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Category: Toiletries

Modess ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1940-1946]

“Don’t rob yourself of comfort in action!”
These ads for Modess sanitary napkins date from 1940-46.

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Category: Toiletries

Modess Meds ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1954]

“Five days of new freedom.”
These fun ads for Meds tampons by Modess are from 1954.

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Category: Toiletries

Mum ~ Deodorant Adverts [1945-1946]

“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.

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Category: Toiletries

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1941-1942]

“Now more than ever, keep that schoolgirl complexion!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1941-42, and contained such sentences as “for his sake, guard your loveliness”.

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Category: Toiletries

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1943-1944]

“Doctors prove 2 out of 3 women can have more beautiful skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1943-44, and offered women scientific proof of a more beautiful skin for those whose complexion had “lost that lovely look”.

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Category: Toiletries

Palmolive ~ Soap Adverts [1945-1948]

“Lovelier skin in 14 days!”
These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the “doctors prove” campaign from the previous year.

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Category: Toiletries

Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

“Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!”
These ad’s for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-47

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Category: Toiletries

Pepto-Bismol ~ Indigestion Adverts [1940-1947]

“I’m a girl who can’t say no!”
These ads for indigestion remedy Pepto-Bismol date from 1940-47.

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Category: Medicinal

Playtex Makeup Cape ~ Adverts [1939]

“Prelude to loveliness!”
These ads for Playtex Makeup Capes date from 1939.

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Category: Cosmetics

Pond’s “Angel Face” ~ Adverts [1960’s]

“Now! You can change your skin tone to look lovely in any fashion colour.”
Pond’s “Angel Face” adverts from 1960-61 featured striking double head shots of models wearing contrasting colours.

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Category: Cosmetics

Pond’s “Cold Cream” ~ Adverts [1958-1961]

“She’s busy… yet she’s beautiful… she uses Pond’s.”
These ads for Pond’s “Cold Cream” are from 1958-61 and feature famous actresses/models of the day, who were also busy mothers and wives.

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Category: Cosmetics

Prell ~ Hair Care Adverts [1947-1949]

“The amazing new radiant creme shampoo!”
These ads for Prell dandruff shampoo date from 1947-49.

Category: Hair

Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” Brushes ~ Hair Care Adverts [1945-1949]

“A lovelier brush for lovelier hair!”
These ads for Pro-phy-lac-tic “Jewelite” hair brushes date from 1945-49.

Category: Hair

Raveen ~ Hair Care Adverts [1960-1974]

“There you go being beautiful again!”
These ads for womens hair styling products “Raveen” date from 1960 to 1974.

Category: Hair

Revlon “Bachelor’s Carnation” ~ Makeup Adverts [1946]

“Greatest catch of the season!”
These ads for “Bachelor’s Carnation” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1946.

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Category: Cosmetics

Revlon “Fatal Apple” ~ Makeup Adverts [1945]

“Revlon’s most tempting colour since Eve winked at Adam.”
These ads for “Fatal Apple” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1945.

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Category: Cosmetics

Revlon “Pink Lightning” ~ Makeup Adverts [1944-1945]

“Texture of velvet!”
These ads for “Pink Lightning” lipstick and nail polish by Revlon date from 1944-45.

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Category: Cosmetics

Revlon ~ Makeup Adverts [1943-1948]

“Teasing as a butterfly kiss!”
These ads for various Revlon makeup products date from 1943-48.

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Category: Cosmetics

Slick Black ~ Hair Care Adverts [1969-1980]

“Colours Grey Hair Black”
These small black and white ads for Slick Black by Valmor were used between 1969-80. Personally, I like the half-white/half-black hair look.

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Category: Hair

Small World by Avon [1970’s]

“Loveable. Collectable. That’s Avon’s Small World!”
Christmas of 1970, Avon began to produce an adorable line of cosmetics and bath items for girls called “Small World”. It was based on Disney’s “It’s A Small World” ride, with characters designed by Mary Blair.

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Category: Toiletries

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1938-1942]

“Girls. You look ugly when you cough.”
These simple yet eye catching ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1938-42.

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Category: Medicinal

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1943-1945]

“Keep your mouth shut!”
These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.

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Category: Medicinal

Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939-1940]

“There’s gaiety in the taste of it…”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939-40.

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Category: Toiletries

Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1939]

“You can taste and feel the difference.”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1939.

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Category: Toiletries

Squibb ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1940]

“Feel fresh as a wind-whipped white cap!”
These ad’s for Squibb toothpaste date from 1940.

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Category: Toiletries

Stopette ~ Deodorant Adverts [1950-1956]

“One poof is all the proof you need!”
These ads for Stopette deodorant are from 1950-56.

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Category: Toiletries

Swan Soap ~ Skin Care Adverts [1946]

“Should husbands help around the house?”
These two ads for Swan soap date from 1946.

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Category: Toiletries

TCB & Billy Dee Williams ~ Hair Care Adverts [1984]

“Something to believe in… tcb”
In 1984, Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams appeared in a series of adverts for TCB hair products.

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Category: Hair

TCB ~ Hair Care Adverts [1987] Illustrated

“We make you look good!”
These three illustrated TCB ads are from April, May and June of 1987.

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Category: Hair

Tek ~ Toothbrush Adverts [1947] Illustrated by Robert George Harris

“No other toothbrush has all these features!”
These two ads for Tek toothbrushes are from 1947. They were illustrated by Robert George Harris.

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Category: Toiletries

The Handlebar Club [1947]

Hirsute Englishmen have made a London Saloon the shrine to gentlemen who sport “smashers”.
I came across this article from 1947 about The Handlebar Club quite by chance and thought it too good not to share!

Category: Hair

Toni “Epic-Waves” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1989]

“No more poodle-tight perms, monstrous commitments or not-so-funny between-perm droops.”
I love this set of adverts for Toni’s “Epic-Waves” try-on perms from 1989, featuring porcelain clown, poodle and Bride of Frankenstein faces, and big 80’s hair!

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Category: Hair

Trushay ~ Hand Lotion Adverts [1944-1946]

“Soft as whispers… your hands thrill him as they touch his face.”
These ads for Trushay hand lotion are from 1944-46.

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Category: Toiletries

Veto ~ Deodorant Adverts [1957]

“Double check your charm every day.”
These Veto deodorant ads are all from 1957.

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Category: Toiletries

Vidal Sassoon ~ Hair Care Adverts [c.1985]

“What your hair does for you, depends on what you do for your hair.”
These ads for Vidal Sassoon hair care products date from c.1985.

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Category: Hair

Wella “Shockwaves” ~ Hair Care Adverts [1986]

“Send out Shockwaves.”
These hair product ads for Shockwaves by Wella are from 1986.

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Category: Hair

Woodbury “Cold Cream” ~ Adverts [1941]

“Want a Morning Glory complexion? Take a Woodbury Beauty Nightcap tonight.”
These ads for Woodbury Cold Cream are all from 1941. Each one featured a different famous actress of the time, plus a mention of the film they were currently starring in.

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Category: Cosmetics

World Of Curls ~ Hair Care Adverts [1982-1986]

“Unlimited stylage!”
These ads for World Of Curls hair care products date from 1982-86.

Category: Hair

Yadley & Madame Alexander Dolls ~ Adverts [1950’s]

“Makes you feel so fresh and feminine.”
These five Yardley ads for are from 1956-57. The dolls in the images were designed by Madame Alexander, a company which has been making dolls since 1923.

Category: Cosmetics

Yardley “Bond Street” ~ Perfume & Makeup Adverts [1942-1946]

“Keep your best face forward!”
These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.

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Category: Cosmetics

Yardley “Bond Street” ~ Perfume Adverts [1947-1948] Illustrations by W K Plummer & Bernard Lamotte

“The perfume of lovely women everywhere.”
These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume date from 1947-48. They feature illustrated backgrounds by W K Plummer and Bernard Lamotte.

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Category: Cosmetics

Yardley “English Lavender” ~ Perfume & Soap Adverts [1942-1948]

“Be young… be bright… be lovely.”
These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.

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Category: Cosmetics