Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Anna Ayers STYLES FOR 1912 Mail Order Hair, Feathers!

Anna Ayers STYLES FOR 1912 Mail Order Hair, Feathers! - eBay (item 310073296048 end time Aug-11-08 18:58:43 PDT)

This vintage mail order catalog booklet is called "Styles for 1912" and says, "A Peep Inside Will Make You Beautiful." It came from Mrs. Anna Ayers, Importer and Manufacturer in Chicago, Ill.

This booklet features "Beautifying Requisites, Human Hair Goods, Pure Cosmetics, Toilet Articles, Hair Bleaches, Hair Colorings, Etc. Ostrich Feathers."

Here's a bit of what Anna Ayers said:
Clothes may hide defects in physique, but the face, if it is beautiful and crowned with luxuriant hair, wields influence supreme. Mere man is susceptible. A pretty face attracts more than a huge bank account, and for hundreds of years, in fact since the time of Adam and Eve, women's greatest asset in life's battle has been a beautiful face and a crowning mass of beautiful hair.

My service is for those who have not been blessed with the natural charms but who strive to acquire them, and for those who wish to preserve their natural beauty and avoid the ravages of time. By dint of exhaustive study and research I have perfected ways and means that if properly used are certain of success.
The products are presented in drawings, fascinating for their styles, usage and prices. If you love old advertisements, this booklet is a treasure trove.

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1953 Geraldine Clyne MISTRESS MARY POP-UP 3-D Rhyme Art

1953 Geraldine Clyne MISTRESS MARY POP-UP 3-D Rhyme Art - eBay (item 310073294167 end time Aug-11-08 18:50:47 PDT)

This vintage pop-up is by Geraldine Clyne, illustrating the children's rhyme Mistress Mary. It's marked, "Mistress Mary, Geraldine Clyne, ©J.S. Pub. Co., New York, U.S.A. Patent Pending." I see no date on it, but it was published in 1953 according to another seller online.

I found the following information at:
Also from New York was Geraldine Clyne who produced the Jolly Jump-up series from the late 1930s to the 1950s. She used fan-folded pop-ups, which are simple accordion, cut-and-folded illustrations. Her subjects ranged from the poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson, to life-styles in the new suburbia, to the imagined frontier of space travel.

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