A Scrap-Book for Homely Women Only

     Posted By: Alex - Tue May 26, 2020
     Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Advertising | Nineteenth Century

Ugly fingertips?
Posted by ges on 05/26/20 at 01:30 PM
I had to copy and enlarge the image and mess with the contrast before I figured out it's ". . . ugly ears . . ." instead of ". . . ugly cars . . .."

Posted by Phideaux on 05/26/20 at 06:19 PM
I'm still trying to figure out what that "Mask of Diana", is that "Poictiers" or "Poitiers", thing is about. I know of a Diane de Poitiers who was a consort to a couple of French kings, said to be as lovely at the age of sixty as she was at thirty. Definitely not a homely girl.
Posted by KDP on 05/27/20 at 03:25 PM
@KDP -- She had the mask. That's why she wasn't homely. (That is separate from the previous line's "Freckles, pimples, moles, etc.")
Posted by Phideaux on 05/27/20 at 10:37 PM
There's some information on the mask that Diane de Poitiers allegedly used here:
“… a powder made of musk and rosewater and a paste used against wrinkles that she mixed herself, from the juice of a melon, crushed young barley, and an egg yolk mixed with ambergris. She applied the paste to her face like a mask.”
Posted by ges on 05/27/20 at 10:38 PM
@ges and Phideaux - Many thanks to both of you for the excellent information and the link to the article. Good reading.
Posted by Steve E. on 05/28/20 at 11:15 AM
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