Hair Raising

I’ve been thinking…
(which is always
dangerous,
ya know… )

Imagine an engine
trying to crank
with no fuel ,
and you’ve got
a pretty good idea
of what that looks like….

Still….

There does seem
to some subconscious
pattern to the posts
I’ve been writing the
last couple of days,
but I’ve yet to really
narrow down where
my head is at, exactly….

I do know that
if you find my hair,
my head may or
may not be
zipzattached to it.

My damned comb is
pulling out more
slivers of silver
than a Nevada
prospector these days.

Age is catching up with me,
despite my irritation about it –

–I’ve complained to anyone
who will listen,
but it ain’t helpin’ any.

Nuts.
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Anyhoo…

Somewhat on the subject —

A coupla months (years?)
ago, I did a semi-notorious
post about shaving —

and today, we’ll talk
about some other
weird ways
to de-hair yerself.

Cause you gotta admit,
taking a wicked sharp blade
to scrape your face
isn’t really all that normal
when you think about it.

But there are weirder.
Much weirder.

De-hair yourself?

Ok…..

Well, un-hair yerself, then.

Ummmm….

Ok, I guess for clarity,
maybe I should say
epilate or depilate yerself.glow

Hmmm….

Remove unwanted hair on yerself.

Better.

Me, I like hair —
— on my head.
On my back,
not so much.

But spreading lye all over my skin
doesn’t seem to be the greatest idea, either.

Oh man, sure people do —

Well, potassium hydroxide, anyway.
Close enough for me.

That’s called chemical depiliation…

But, aside from the potentials
for burning the skin
and making you smellmodene
like the Delaware River
for a couple of days,
it still doesn’t do anything
permanent to the unwanted hair.

Today, for permanent removal,
there are systems like:
electrolysis, (expensive)
and lasers, (very expensive)
and experimental super-duper technology
(that’s super duper expensive)
that I don’t pretend to be able
to understand, or afford.

Our predecessors had it
a little bit rougher, though.

ratsAnd the products THEY used…
well….

This product,
for instance. —–>>>>

Wait….

I’ve got the wrong picture there.

The same product,
just an ad for
the wrong target audience.

Because yes,
it was rat poison.

And yes,koremlu-1
it was sold as a depilatory.

Ahhh…
there’s the right version.  —->>>

It was called the “Koremlu Method”
and it the 1920’s and 1930’s
it was considered to be the cat’s py-jamas.

It was effective,
— oh yeah —
cause it was made with a
toxic material called Thallium —

kills rats, so, yeah- it killed hair, too.

No hair could live through THAT stuff, man.

And not something I’d want
to slather on MY skin, thanks.a1zip

Hey–
you still had more bad choices, though.

You could ZIP
and ZAP your hair away…

Radioactive radium
will do the trick every time.

Almost like magic.

Ask anybody who’s
‘had radiation’
and they’ll tell you.

Still,
not too good for you, honestly.
xray
And those damnable side effects
(interfering with profits and all)
are just as unpleasant for patients
who were convinced
by various ‘experts’ and quacks
that X-Rays
(yes, those X-Rays)
were the wave of the future —
as far as hair removal technology was concerned —

and that it would finally,
surely
do the trick for them…….. x

Fail.

It’s that human element again.

Tsk, Tsk.

So what’s a big business to do?

Hmmmm……..

Maybe a change of paradigm?

HOY !!!!

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You Come A Long Way Baby

varounds

Madison Avenue moguls
have always made a mint
on cigarette advertising.

Big business —
BIG,
BIG Business, man.

And the variety of ads
that have appeared
for tobacco products,
just here in the United States,

( Europe and Asia still have
a variety of brands like this … )

Femswould stagger the mind
of the un-initiated
newbie collector of
printed materials —

One of the most interesting
sub-genres of vintage
tobacco product
advertising collecting
has to do with products
made specifically for women.

Most people today probably
still remember
a brand called “Virginia Slims”,

— and their motto:

“You’ve Come A Long Way Baby”,

from the early 1970’s.haidee1914

But indeed,
cigarette advertising
geared toward women
really HAD already come
a very long way —

It started back in
the early 1900’s
with brands like ” Haidee “-

These featured:debs

red lipstick resistant tips,
a luxurious red foil inner wrap,
and specially perfumed choice tobaccos,

The pack even contained
a small make-up mirror
on the inside lid.

A very popular brand
put out by Benson and Hedges
during the 1930’s and 1940’s
was called

” Debs ” —

Their adverts were particularly
striking and well designed,

to appeal to the fashion-
conscious female of the era.beauty

The tips were also red,

to conceal lipstick prints
on the butt when it was
in the ashtray.

This innovation wasn’t
just copied by “Debs”, though —

A brand issued by Winston,
” Fems ” also used it.

As did a Marlboro offshoot
geared toward women,

called ” Marlboro Crimson Tips “russellpattersona

Other brands would use ‘lighter’ smoking tobacco,

fashion oriented advertising,

thinner profile cigarettes,

or just plain unadulterated
snob appeal to attempt
to attract feminine smokers.

Benson and Hedges offered a
variety of cigarette called the
“Virginia Rounds” ,

that featured advertising
with a sense of humor —

—- the illustrations were done
by famed American cartoonist
Russell Patterson —dumaurier

The cigarettes themselves offered
some weird filter configuration called “Corn Tips”.

All in all,
vintage cigarette ads
targeting women
clearly demonstrate
the tactics that
advertising companies
still use in selling
everything
— from soups to nuts.

And it’s not always going to be
in the consumer’s interests, either.

Like it or not,
one must always remember :

Caveat Emptor !!!!!

Hoy!

deb