Personal Appearance
Transparent Face Mask (Mar, 1940)

Transparent Face Mask
Slipped over the head, a bag of cellulose tissue designed for use in skiing and other outdoor sports offers protection for the face without interfering with vision. The transparent mask can also be used as a shower cap, an apron, a tray cover, and a turban, the makers say.

Machine Dispenses Shave For 10 Cents (Mar, 1937) (Mar, 1937)

Machine Dispenses Shave For 10 Cents

Deposit ten cents in this machine, turn a knob and out conies a shave. The device, shown with its creator, A.G-Magansol of New York City, delivers a complete shaving kit which contains everything from razor to lather plus a towel, talcum and powder puff.

Novel Service Breaks In New Shoes (Feb, 1940)

Novel Service Breaks In New Shoes
Breaking in stiff new shoes for persons with tender feet or for women who want to squeeze a size-eight foot into a size-six shoe, is one of the unique services performed by the operators of a New York City firm. A corps of girls takes on this unenviable task, while the proprietors busy themselves with other unusual requests of clients, such as filling a midnight call for a violinist to play a sick child to sleep, and first scouting around for and then purchasing two penguins as a present for a pet lover.

Tests for Balance O.K. High Heels (Aug, 1939)

Tests for Balance O.K. High Heels
A METAL pencil has just written upon smoked paper a vindication of high-heeled shoes for women. Testing their effect upon body balance, Dr. Walter Mendenhall, of Boston, finds that girls wearing the much-maligned footgear can often stand more steadily than barefoot subjects. The telltale pencil, attached by a headband, recorded a subject’s wavering upon a chart.

Have a Look at the New Eyelashes (Jul, 1932)

Have a Look at the New Eyelashes
A NUMBER of people will undoubtedly question just what is meant by the word “beauty” after looking at the photo below showing the new eyelashes introduced to fashion at the recent national convention of hairdressers, cosmetologists and beauty culturists held in New York City.
Two of the “specimens” exhibited at the meeting were the platinum beaded and golden eyelashes worn by the girls in the photo.

X-ray Photos Find Girl With Perfect Back at Health Show (Oct, 1933)

X-ray Photos Find Girl With Perfect Back at Health Show
THE X-ray was the final judge in selecting the girl with the most perfect back at California’s health show in Los Angeles.
After examining X-ray photographs of all the girls entered in the contest, Dr. Lester V. Donovan picked Miss Judith Allen, young movie actress, as the winner. An X-ray of Miss Allen’s back showed a spine in perfect alignment, unmarred by any curvature.

The young lady hails from Boston and is said to have a promising film career ahead. The photo at the right shows attractive Miss Allen and the remarkable X-ray picture held by Dr. Donovan.

First Electric Razor (Feb, 1932)

Electric Razor Shaves Clean Without Lathering Face

AT LAST the electrical dry shave is with us! Requiring no blades, no lather, no cleaning, the ingenious razor shown in action in the photo at the left gives a cleaner shave than any conventional type razor, it is claimed.

Plug the razor into a wall socket and it’s ready for use—no hot water or towels required. The razor cuts the hair in exactly the same way as the clippers used by barbers. It has but one moving part.

Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate (Feb, 1940)

Fashion Plates Adopt Armor Plate
MEN’S shops in London are now stocking a new line of merchandise for sale to customers who want special protection during possible enemy air raids. In their clothing departments, the stores are offering bulletproof waistcoats, or vests, in all sizes and in a wide variety of styles. Hat departments are keeping pace by supplying the traditional English bowler, or derby, specially fitted with a steel lining that makes it as protective against flying fragments as the metal helmets issued to soldiers.

An Electric Massage for Milady (Dec, 1932)

While this sounds like a vibrator, it actually just electrocutes “Milady” with a pair of spoons.

An Electric Massage for Milady
MILADY’S complexion will benefit immensely from an application of “juice” from this little massaging device. There’s no danger of shock, and the complexion will not suffer a charring from the current, so it’s all quite safe. The only parts needed are: Four or five dry cells, preferably new and fresh; a short length of bell wire, two silver spoons and some tape. The hook-up of all this equipment is shown in the accompanying drawing. Note that the handles of the spoons are insulated with windings of tape, so that all danger of a jolt is eliminated. Apply the spoons to the face as illustrated in the drawing, patting them gently so as to get full benefit from the sparking. If need be, the operator can wear rubber gloves.— Walter Menyhart.

Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Sep, 1929)

So apparently men like blondes better because they have lower blood pressure?

Why Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
IF THE much discussed statement that “gentlemen prefer blondes” is true, then perhaps it is because they are steadier workers. At least, that is what a recent test made with movie stars as subjects tends to show. In a comparative series of tests with this apparatus shown below, blondes far surpassed brunettes. While exercising on a rowing machine, their breathing and blood pressure were compared. A highly sensitive air tube placed around each girl’s chest recorded the regularity of breathing. Blood pressure was tested on the left arm.