The Mirror Is Full of Cheer — Just Unscrew the Handle (Mar, 1922)

Full of perfume… sure it is.

The Mirror Is Full of Cheer — Just Unscrew the Handle
NO one can fail to be cheerful after a glance in this mirror. For—you will promise to keep the secret—its handle will unscrew, and between the glass and the silver case there is a hollow space big enough to hold three fingers of comfort. The mirror has been manufactured so that a woman may have a convenient place to keep perfume or smelling salts.

  1. Githyanki says: February 25, 20083:57 am

    Her eye’s look like she’s been into the “smelling salts” a little too much.

  2. Metrophanes says: February 25, 20084:25 am

    Thish mirror shmells fanTASHtic!! *hic*

  3. galessa says: February 25, 20085:10 am

    many kinds of “smelling salts” were popular in the 1920s… even sold in pharmacies. this mirror must have been a big hit in Hollywood.

  4. Roflcopter says: February 25, 20085:37 am

    Yeah, talking about todays “Aromatherapy” …

    Those old damsel’s from the late 20s were often prone to blackouts, still dont know wether this was because of those schmelling salts or wether they need it herefor… maybe they were simply hungry, talking about poverty in the depression etc bllblbl….

  5. Neil Russell says: February 25, 20086:50 am

    I like that Popular Science was offering a “wink wink” way around Prohibition.
    Interesting political statement for the times!

  6. Stannous says: February 25, 20086:52 am

    Without my glasses I first read ‘Cheer’ as ‘Cheese’…

    It presents a VERY different image.

  7. Rick Auricchio says: February 25, 20081:03 pm


    A wonderful tune is Irving Berlin’s 1920 song “I’ll see you in C-U-B-A,” about people hopping into (then free) Cuba to party.

    I used to perform this song with The Golden State Ramblers (http://www.offhanddesig…). The coda was one long line: “Why don’t you travel with us on a train or a bus to Miami where we can begin to plan a wonderful trip on a plane or a ship that will take us from Florida to Havana, see you in C-U-B-A!”

    Lyrics here: http://www.lyricsondema…

  8. albear says: February 25, 20084:38 pm

    Perfume or smelling salts, so, that’s what they called illegal moonshine during the prohibition eh? 😉

  9. Blurgle says: February 25, 20084:39 pm

    As if “three fingers of comfort” could mean anything but alcohol!

    …at least in 1922.

  10. Blurgle says: February 25, 20084:41 pm

    Oh, and “smelling salts” were a bit of a relic by the 20s. They were especially common in the Victorian age, when women wore corsets so tight that they’d faint at times.

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