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.
“Samson was a sissy!” These ads for Knox Gelatine health drink are all from 1940.
“Keep your mouth shut!” These ads for Smith Bros Cough Drops date from 1943-45.
“Where others fail Bromo-Seltzer works.”These split-head ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1950, with a change of design into 1951.
“Be lovely to love.”
These ads for Fresh deodorant are from 1946-50. The design changed very little over the years, always featuring a kissing couple wearing glamorous evening attire.
“Uncover the natural brilliance of your smile!” These ad’s for Pepsodent toothpaste date from 1946-47
“It isn’t your necklace they’ll notice, pet!”
These illustrated Mum deodorant adverts are from 1945-46.
“The champ of headache remedies.”These ads for Bromo-Seltzer antacid date from 1940, endorsed by various headache riddled celebrities of the time.
“You’ll like yeast this new way!” These ads for Fleischmann’s Yeast date from 1941.
“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!
“For men in service – for men at home.” This black, white and green ad campaign for Mennen shaving cream dates from 1942-44.
“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.
“Husbands don’t TALK about it!” These ad’s for Colgate toothpaste date from 1941. This style continued for several years.
“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.
“Mommy protects me with baby powder.” These ads for Mennen baby powder are from 1944.
“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.
“Space age results.” These two ads for All Ways 911 emergency leave in conditioner are from 1992-93.
“Be daring. Be bold.” These ads for Care Free Curl hair products by Soft Sheen date from 1981-89.
“Lovelier skin in 14 days!” These ads for Palmolive soap are from 1945-48 and continued the “doctors prove” campaign from the previous year.
“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”.
“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”.
“It cleans your breath while it cleans your teeth!” These comic strip ads for Colgate toothpaste are from 1948.
“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.
“”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.
“Be young… be bright… be lovely.” These ads for Yardley’s “English Lavender” perfume date from 1942-48.
“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.
“Keep your best face forward!” These ads for Yardley’s “Bond Street” perfume and beauty preparations date from 1942-46.
“As radiant as a precious jewel.” These ads for DuBarry beauty preparations date from 1945-46.