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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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.

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.

Swan Soap ~ Skin Care Adverts [1946]

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Knox Gelatine ~ Health Adverts [1940]

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

Smith Bros ~ Cough Drops Adverts [1943-1945]

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

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.

Fresh ~ Deodorant Adverts [1946-1950]

“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.

Pepsodent ~ Toothpaste Adverts [1946-1947]

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

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 “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.

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”.