Makeup in the 1920s

Title

Makeup in the 1920s

Subject

Cosmetics, fashion, 1920s

Description

Clip from oral history interview recorded in 1873 with Mildred Edwards of Texarkana, Texas. Clip discusses cosmetics for young women in the 1920s.

Creator

Texarkana Museums System Oral History Project

Source

Texarkana Museums System Archives

Date

August 1973

Contributor

Mildred Edwards

Rights

copyright (c) Texarkana Museums System

Format

mp3

Language

English

Interviewer

Texarkana Museums System

Interviewee

Mildred Edwards

Location

Texarkana, Arkansas

Transcription

"…During this time [the 1920s], cosmetics changed. Our complexions were white, just dead white. And Three Flowers Powder came out with a permanent powder. You'd put it on in the morning and you couldn't even wash it off at night. It had a white lead basis [sic] and all of us had skin problems as a result of it. We had a permanent lipstick, those of us who were permitted to use lipstick. Our families frowned on it. But you know how girls are. It was Tangee. It also has an indelible base that turned your mouth inside-out and sent you to a skin doctor. So you couldn't be glamorous for being sick from trying all the new things that came out."

Original Format

Audio cassett tape

Duration

37 seconds

Bit Rate/Frequency

72 kbps

Files

Collection

Citation

Texarkana Museums System Oral History Project, “Makeup in the 1920s,” Texarkana Museums System Archives, accessed December 1, 2020, https://tmsarchives.omeka.net/items/show/16.