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When Beauty Is A Crime

When Beauty Is A Crime | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I have a modest collection of vintage vanity items. (My collection and I have even been featured in Collectors News magazine.) And indeed, I’ve often wondered about the vast popularity of Rachel as a powder shade. I’d rather believed the hype that this particular shade was named after a popular actress at the time — but in Antique Personal Possessions, Silvia Druitt gives another possible reason...

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I explore the links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, December 19, 2013 5:06 AM

Links between cosmetics, prostituion, actresses, and blackmail.


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Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny)

Bad Hair Is No Joke (Or, Hairy Situations In Racism & Misogyny) | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

I don’t know that I actually have to beat all the dead horses in this vintage ad, do I?  [But] while we are on the subject of hair…

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:15 PM

One horrible vintage ad (and those who click through to read will find lots of info on hair history).

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Horrible advertising & hair's cultural power.

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The importanace of hair

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Vanity Collectibles | Collectors' Blog

Vanity Collectibles | Collectors' Blog | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it
Women and their vanity -- err, vanity items. Yeah, that's what I meant. Vanity collectibles is a wide category. It spills with as many beautiful and odd

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Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value

Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

So there I am, in the "Collector's Spotlight" titled Vintage Cosmetics & Beauty Accessories: Not Taken At Face Value, covering two pages (24-25) in text with some photos of my collection.

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Not written by me; but an article about me & my collection.

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Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs

Of Valentino, Mineralava Beauty Pageants & Pink Powder Puffs | You Call It Obsession & Obscure; I Call It Research & Important | Scoop.it

As a feminist, I have a complicated, conflicted, relationship with beauty pageants. But this vintage booklet from the 1923 Mineralava Beauty Pageant fascinates me because of the man involved: Rudolph Valentino.

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