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Cosmetic tray with sphinx Period: Iron Age Date: ca. 6th–5th century B.C. Geography: Egypt or Iran

Arsenic was widely used as a medicine in the 19th & 20th centuries. The development of forensic toxicology coincided with the spread of mass-produced & commercially distributed medicines & poisons, & an associated rise in murders & suicides involving those substances.

1902: Poisonous wafers advertised as being “simply magical” for the complexion. Guaranteed to improve “even the coarsest and most repulsive skin and complexion!" Source: 11 Bizarre and Dangerous Items Sold by Sears in 1902 | Mental Floss

1948 avon cosmetics magazine ad by CapricornOneVintage, via Flickr

Phineas Gage holding the famous railroad spike that blew through his eye socket and out the back of his head in 1848. Gage survived, but with an altered personality, making this a landmark case in the history of neurology.

Cosmopolitan, 1947 ~ Cosmopolitan is an international magazine for women. It was first published in 1886 in the United States as a family magazine, was later transformed into a literary magazine and eventually became a women's magazine in the late 1960s. Also known as Cosmo, its content as of 2011 included articles on relationships and how to have proper sex, health, careers, self-improvement, celebrities, as well as fashion and beauty.

+~+~ Antique Photograph ~+~+ Ethereal young woman, Staunton, Virginia

...because that's what all 10-year-old boys wanted — a Smith Corona manual typewriter with its own carrying case!

  • Eileen Bell

    My Dad was a Smith Corona employee. I still have my first typewriter in its case!

  • Lucy Ke

    Awesome! I love Smith Corona typewriters.

Do you want to know something I love about vintage cosmetics ads? Unlike (most) today, they didn't always feature 16 year olds. The gorgeous beauty here could be anywhere from 25 to 40, and I adore that fact. 1960s