Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Maybelline Story is a stunning piece of nostalgia and an invaluable historical treasure.

1933 Maybelline Ad.

Tom Llye Williams, Maybelline's founder believed that a woman’s greatest asset was her ability to capture a man’s imagination through her expressive eyes.

Empowered for the first time since the Victorian era, women discovered a passion for imitating stars who exuded sex appeal on the screen.

Maybelline provided an inexpensive eye beautifier that enhanced a woman's sex-appeal while movies mirrored  celluloid forgeries professing  nonconformity with old world standards.  As Movie stars became models for America's changing values, Tom Lyle threw Maybelline in the dime stores in 1933 and as little cosmetic companies fell by the wayside or were bought out by Maybelline, The Maybelline Company went on to be the undisputed giant in its field during the Great Depression.

Please leave a comment, I'd love to hear your take on my post.  Also check my events on the right of this page, and come meet me at Book Soup in Hollywood Feb 23 at 7pm or at Pages a Book Store in Manhattan Beach, Feb 24th at 7pm. 

If you love nostalgia, history and a stunning American treasure of vintage pictures and Maybelline ads, buy an autographed copy of the Maybelline Story from me for $14.99 at

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