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May 13, 2015

15 Unusual and Bizarre Beauty Devices From Between the 1920s and 1940s

These vintage pictures below describe how terrible beauty care procedures looked like in the 1920s and 1940s. Women now must be happy they don't have to spend many hours sitting under strange devices or put weird things on their faces.

Procedure of removing freckles with carbon dioxide, 1930s.

Permanent hair procedure. Germany, 1929.

Blow-drying, 1920s.

Warming mask for the face and head skin, 1940.

Legs massage with metal rollers for the weight loss. USA, 1940s.

Device that helps to correct the application of make-up, invention of Max Factor, 1930.

Ice mask by Max Factor.

Special mask that guaranteed a rosy complexion reducing the air pressure and allegedly substituted for a walk in the mountains.

Device creating the dimples on cheeks, used in the night. First produced in 1936.

Another device for permanent hair waving. Women had to sit with such a thing on the head for hours.

Beauty treatments at the Helena Rubinstein's salon, 1940s.

Rubber “beauty masks” worn to get rid of wrinkles and skin imperfections, 1921.

Fruit mask, 1930.

Vacuum face massage for smooth skin and nice complexion, 1930.

Beauties from the 1940s tried to save their skin from burns, before sunscreen was invented.


  1. Where did all that optimism go?

  2. I love these - thanks for sharing. Great colors.

  3. David Lincoln BrooksJune 1, 2015 at 7:50 AM

    LA in the 60's. Probably the most privileged population in history.




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