David Wright woman in short black underslip
Elegant woman with red hair, wearing a short black, semi-transparent underslip. She is sitting on the edge of her dressing table, loosening her hair. David Wright (1912 - 1967), was a popular British artist specialising in glamour. His series of pin-ups for The Sketch during the World War II period were immensely popular and morale-boosting to troops.
© Mary Evans Picture Library
Selfridges, London - Perfumery
Selfridges & Co, Oxford Street, London - Perfumery Section. Founded by American-born retail magnate Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858 - 1947), the Flagship store in Oxford Street was opened in 1909. Selfridge was an innovator in the fields of marketing and advertising, creating a complete shopping environment of enjoyment as opposed to mere functionality. The perfume section was placed front centre (still in evidence in every department store today), merchandise was placed on open display and the store was backed with direct and widely-visible advertising campaigns. This set of cards is a fine example! The London store was designed by Daniel Burnham.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Page of Victorian adverts 1889
A variety of advertisements in 'The Graphic' dated August 1889, showing 'Nuda Veritas' hair restorer, 'Nubian', black polish for boots and shoes, 'Norton's Camomile Pills', for indigestion, 'Beetham's Glycerin and Cucumber', emollient milk for preserving and beautifying the skin, to cure obesity, 'Mr. C B Harness electropathic belt', for health, strength and vitality, 'Dr. J Collis Brownes' Chlorodyne', medicine for cholera, dysentery and diarrhea, advice for dyspeptics, 'Kropp Razor', 'Peptonized Cocoa and Milk', 'Pure Irish linen goods', 'Champion Ice Machine', 'Swanbill Belts' figure improver made of woven silk, 'Spearman's Serges', summer clothing, 'Samuel Fox & Co', umbrellas, 'Eau D'Ambert', French remedy for indigestion, spasms, dyspepsia, bilious, headaches, abdominal pains, 'Invigorating Lavendar Salts', bottle of perfume, 'G. E Lewis's' treble grip gun.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans