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April 14, 2008

Pulchritude*: feminine beauty in Minnesota, 1870 – present

Filed under: What's New — Lori Williamson @ 1:51 pm


toni1.jpgWhile what is deemed beautiful has changed over time, the search for beauty is an ongoing saga. The new display in the Library Lobby features pieces from the collection that illustrate   that desire for perfect hair and makeup including institutions devoted to promoting beauty products.  Minnesota played a pivotal role in the drive to make beauty possible at home, with thriving early home permanent, hair care, and makeup industries in the Twin Cities.

Entrance to the Library is free and open to the public; follow this link for hours.

Images, clockwise: Permanent wave machine, 1937-1941; Toni Spin Curlers, 1954; human hair rat, ca. 1910.

*Pulchritude: physical beauty, comeliness


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