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Images and database information for over 7,000 advertisements printed in U.S. and Canadian newspapers and magazines between 1911 and 1955.
American Art Archives
Art work from artists that produced cosmetic advertising.
Full source of his excellent book on Charles Revson, ‘Fire and Ice’.
Collecting Vintage Compacts
Dedicated to the inquisitive vintage compact collector who wants to know how, when and why compacts and vanity cases came into being.
Source of safety information about cosmetic ingredients for products sold in the USA.
The Costumer’s Manifesto: Old theatre make-up kits
A selection of photographs of theatre make-up kits from the turn of the century onwards. Mostly American.
Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search America’s historic newspapers pages from 1836-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress.
A site dedicated to the Tesla coil with information on Static Electric Machines, Galvanic Batteries, Faradic Batteries, Oudin Resonators, Tesla Coils, Violet Rays, Diathermy Machines, Carbon Arc Lamps, Ultraviolet Ozone Apparatus and Quack Medical Devices.
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Britain’s History in Old Photos and Vintage Adverts.
The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.
Vintage magazine cover and advertising art from the Golden Age of American Illustration.
A commercial site that sells ingredients for making cosmetics. Contains recipes and information about the function of cosmetic ingredients.
Reproductions of articles from Modern Mechanics, Popular Science, Mechanix Illustrated and other magazines.
Articles from assorted magazines.
The Quack Doctor
A collection of panacean powders, pills, potions, procedures and pamphlets, as advertised in historical newspapers.
A safety guide to cosmetics and personal care products produced by the Environmental Working Group
Vintage Ad Browser: Health and Hygiene
Beauty and Hygiene advertisements.
Wikipedia has some limited background information on cosmetics as well as more detailed material on some of cosmetic firms.