Sharrie Williams, author of The Maybelline Story, is an original descendant of the Maybelline family. Her Great uncle, Tom Lyle Williams, founded the Maybelline Co in 1915 and sold it in 1967. Sharrie shares her family's photos, stories and vintage Maybelline ads.
Both stories are a slice of the American Dream during the 20th Century.
what IS so great about The Great Gatsby? After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a literary classic. The Modern Library named it the second best novel of the 20th Century.
One might assume this is a story of love, but it isn't. The Great Gatsby is a tragedy. It is also a critique of the great "American Dream."
Gatsby is a combination of innocence and faith. He's committed to his dreams - and never gives up on them. He's a characer people can follow. A hero with flaws, someone like them.
It has been said that F. Scott Fitzgerald's book is a depressing story. Life is hard enough - why read a book that makes you feel worse?
The Great Gatsby takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the "roaring" 1920s as the economy soared.
Zelda Fitzgerald, (Daisy.)
This Maybelline Ad has reflections of Zelda Fitzgerald, F Scott Fitzgerald's wife and his inspiration for Daisy, one of the main characters, in The Great Gatsby.
Tom Lyle Williams at the Villa Valentino.
The Maybelline Story has the same qualities as The Great Gatsby, except it isn't fiction. It is a true story about a man who made the American Dream a reality for himself and his family, yet, not without a price.
Read the The Maybelline Story and The Great Gatsby.