Hello again from Dusty Old Thing. We hope that everyone has had a good day. One of our readers, Doug, recently posted a photo of the 1908 book "The Woman Beautiful". It is a classic and made us think more about antiques and things vintage that have been, and are, used by women to be more beautiful...on the outside. Here are a few that have recently been shared with us. Thanks go to Doug, Mary Ellen, Mike and Amber for posting them.
Doug's book, we believe, is part of a series. Note that the title is "The Woman Beautiful" and at the bottom "or Maidenhood, Marriage and Maternity". It may have been modeled on the very popular "House Beautiful" series began in 1896 (and still in publication) and the "House Beautiful" movement of interior design and manners popularized by Oscar Wilde and the English Aesthetics such as William Morris.
We have seen another book called "Woman Beautiful or, The Art of Beauty Culture", by Lady Curzon, that was first published in 1899. It covered physical beauty with the first chapter on "The Complexion" and the last on "Perfumes". Immediately preceding "Perfumes" is a chapter on "The Nervous One".
The first edition of Doug's book, we believe, may have been published in 1901. It was written by Dr. Monfort Allen and Dr. Amelia McGregor. It was meant to be a medical guide for women with chapters on everything from "The Qualifications for Married Life: Love, the Source of Happiness or Misery" to "Marrying Out of Your Natural Sphere" to "Sins of Parents Visited on Their Children" to "How the Generative Act Should be Performed" to all kinds of information on beauty and etiquette including "Scurf and Scurvy" (what is scurf??) and ending on "Simpering and Frivolity".
The book is detailed and, from what we understand, was quite popular in a society that still was, Victorian.
Thank you, Doug, for sharing it with us.