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.

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Mum ~ Deodorant Adverts [1945-1946]

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

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.

Fleischmann’s Yeast ~ Health Adverts [1941]

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mennen ~ Baby Powder Adverts [1944]

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

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.

All Ways ~ Hair Care Adverts [1992-1993]

“Space age results.”
These two ads for All Ways 911 emergency leave in conditioner are from 1992-93.

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.

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.

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”.

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”.

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.

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.

Lustre Creme “Dream Girl” ~ Shampoo 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.

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.

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.

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.

DuBarry Beauty Preparations ~ Adverts [1945-1946]

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

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.

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.

Louis Philippe ~ “Sunbird” Lipstick Adverts [1946]

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

Louis Philippe ~ Lipstick Adverts [1942-1946]

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

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.

Modess ~ Feminine Hygiene Adverts [1940-1946]

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