Freckle-Proof Sun Mask

Another addition to our collection of weird masks.

Note that this sun mask came with a "breather" tube.

Phildelphia Inquirer - Jan 21, 1940

Pittsburgh Press - Feb 25, 1940

Cassville Republican - Jan 18, 1940

     Posted By: Alex - Fri Mar 16, 2018
     Category: Fashion | Headgear | 1940s

Ironic that in modern times a suntan is looked upon as a sign of wealth and free leisure time. The attitude was reversed during the Middle Ages through the Renaissance periods, where only the upper classes had pale skin tones and the peasants were heavily tanned from full days in the sunny fields. As evidence, notice that subjects of portraits, who were usually from the upper classes and could afford them, from those eras never show a tan line.
Posted by KDP on 03/16/18 at 03:03 PM
@ KDP: Meanwhile, the upper classes were suffering from vitamin D deficiencies and going to extreme, unhealthy lengths to keep their pale complexions, including lead-based pancake makeup.
Posted by Brian on 03/18/18 at 10:35 PM
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