The Beautiful Beauty Mask

Patented in 1954 by Ann S.V. Mann of Petersburg, Virginia.

It functioned like any other beauty mask. Its primary difference, claimed Mann, was that her mask had the outer appearance of a "strikingly beautiful woman":

An object of my invention is to provide a facial mask that is self-conforming to feminine faces in a manner to exploit their beauty and, through exterior surface ornamentation and adornment, to enhance that beauty and maintain it unimpaired over the entire time the mask is worn; so that a woman wearing the mask during her hours of sleep can rest serene in the assurance given by her mirror that, far from appearing grotesque, she is in reality a thing of beauty and that, actually, she sleeps in beauty...

The exterior surface of the plastic film body 5 is painted or otherwise decorated to create eyebrows, lashes, nose and mouth lines, etc., so designed as to give the facial appearance of a strikingly beautiful woman. This artistic treatment is an important feature of the invention. Beauty is accentuated in every way possible in all phases of the invention.

Due to the uncanny valley effect, she may actually have ended up creating something that looked more grotesque than a regular mask.

     Posted By: Alex - Sun Jan 19, 2020
     Category: Beauty, Ugliness and Other Aesthetic Issues | Inventions | Patents | 1950s

"It rubs the lotion on its skin, or it gets the hose!"
Posted by FRANK on 01/22/20 at 12:56 PM
I don't care much for those uncanny valleys; I generally try to avoid them.
Posted by Virtual in Carnate on 01/23/20 at 04:50 AM
Commenting is not available in this channel entry.