Monday, March 13, 2017

The age of cosmetics had begun with Lash-Brow-Ine in 1915, which became Maybelline in 1916

In the 1920's the American frontier had been explored, and cities were now the epicenters of discovery. New technology demanded an expanded workforce. Women defied their stay-at-home roles. With the freedom of their own money, they behaved differently. They even started smoking.


Massive advertising campaigns by Lucky Strike Tobacco Company lured women as well as men into smoking with the slogan “It’s toasted!” After all, what could be more pure and aromatic than toasted, golden leavesInterior of a "Piggly-Wiggly"  grocery store in Kentucky, 1920s?

The public fell for it. With product placement in the first self-serve grocery stores—the Piggly Wiggly chain—it was easy to develop a smoking and Maybelline habit over night.

No one could stop their little purchases, which included beauty-products. The era when only performers and prostitutes wore make-up had passed.


You can't be truly independent and free without being financially independent.....

Read all about it in my book, The Maybelline Story and the Spirited Family Dynasty Behind It....

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