Maybelline products mounted on a card and placed on display racks for easy accessibility, was the brain child of Maybelline's marketing man, Rags Ragland, in 1935.
What we consider common merchandising today actually began at the Maybelline Company as a way to display their products in an organized fashion in drugstores like JJ Newberry and Company.
Maybelline eye-shadow on a card in 1935.
Carded merchandise extended the promotional impact of Maybelline. Cards increased impulse buying, attracted customer's attention, organized products, enhanced shopability and increased the bottom line.
By the 1950's and 60's, all beauty products were carded
and displayed on free-standing,
or on twirling racks, another idea of Rag's Ragland.
By 1964, ULTRA LASH MASCARA, was born, taking the place of Maybelline's first wand mascara, MAGIC MASCARA. Some of you might remember buying a carded Maybelline ULTRA LASH, for 69 cents.
In the 1950's, a ladies make-up bag was filled with Maybelline products. It was the only makeup advertised on television. No longer a little mail order business, advertised in the classifieds of magazines and news papers.
Maybelline has remained The King, of Advertising for over 100 years.
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