Saturday, January 31, 2009

Marie? Is it she?

Sorry! It's not Marie Antoinette, but it IS a lady from Marie's era! For PINK SATURDAY this week I am showing off this china box that sits on my mom's dresser. She keeps safety pins, loose buttons and such in it. It has no markings to tell who or where it was made, and no one is sure of how old it is, but my mother and aunt both remember it being on my grandmother's dresser when they were children, so it's definitely pre-WWII.Here's an interestingly gross fact: The white makeup that Marie and others of her era used on their faces often contained quinine or lead in small quantities. Those that over-mixed or over-used their cosmetics sometimes died from their skin absorbing the poison. Now here's the gross part...Many people got deep pits on their skin from the lead and quinine, which they covered up with the false beauty spots that then became so popular! A fake mole was more attractive than a pit! Think about that the next time you consider putting on a beauty patch.
Go and enjoy the pink offerings from Beverly and the other Pink Saturday participants. I'm sure no one else will try to gross you out!

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36 comments:

Chris said...

Elizabeth, I love your history lessons.

Hugs,
Chris

squawmama said...

Wow Elizabeth that figurine is very beautiful and unique... And the information about the makeup was so festinating... Love it!

(((HUGS)))
Donna

Bridget said...

Talk about the price of beauty! Yikes!!!

Smilingsal said...

Eh, so they died...they died pretty! lol The Elizabethans practiced this type of make-up too. Your mom's lady is priceless; she pretty AND functional. Thanks for sharing. Happy Pink Saturday!

Kathleen said...

The figurine is just lovely. Imagine piling on all that stuff on your face. I wonder if they ever washed it off....we all know they didn't take many baths back then. Love the fun facts, have a Happy pink Saturday! Hugs

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Happy Pink Saturday, your figurine is beautiful..what a treasure to have those many years.. What interesting facts to learn.. thanks for sharing. Have a super Pink Saturday. hugs ~lynne~

Kitten said...

I didn't know that about the makeup ingredients! I'm glad that makeup is much safer now. I use the drugstore mineral stuff and I will NEVER go back to liquid foundation. EVER.

Raggedy Girl said...

What a wonderful lesson from history and it makes me grateful to live in the now.
Smiles from :>) Roberta Anne

Connie said...

Happy Pink Saturday, honey. Interesting facts about the make up also, chick.
Smooches,
Connie

A Lovely Thing said...

Makes ya wonder what we're doing to ourselves TODAY that future generations will find stupid :)

I bet anything with red dye makes the list.

Mamaoftwins said...

That is funny about the beauty mark and what the women did back then. All in the name of beauty. I love learning facts like that.

White Iris Designs said...

LOL...Marie was the first thing I thought of when I saw this!!

I am participating but didnt get my name in on time...shame on me!! Come visit me!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

White Iris Designs said...

LOL...Marie was the first thing I thought of when I saw this!!

I am participating but didnt get my name in on time...shame on me!! Come visit me!!
Have a wonderful weekend!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...
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Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

I never heard that before about the lead and the pits and everything! Ewww! I guess people have been willing to suffer a lot for beauty throughout history. What will people think of botox a hundred years from now?

PlantBuddy said...

Hi Elizabeth, we women are still doing crazy things for the sake of beauty. Just look at the ingredient list on a case of lipstick and hair shampoo. Oh, don't get me started. Happy Pink Day.

Claudie said...

I knew that fact and I feel we still kind of put stuff on our face that we don't know enough about. Ahh what we do for beauty.
Happy PS.
Claudie

Mimi said...

You are a woman after my own heart! I am filled with little factoids that don't mean much by themselves but are SO interesting. Thanks for making me smile today!

jeanne said...

Hi Elizabeth, I love the pin box and she is very old. Also very collectible. I just love her in pink. Interesting facts about the white makeup. Yuk! I can't imagine wearing it.

Hugs...Jeanne

Riet said...

That figurine pot is lovely. Happy pink Saturday

Lana said...

My goodness! The lengths some people went to in the name of beauty. Makes you wonder what we're doing to ourselves today that will come back to haunt us.

Happy Pink Saturday!

All the best, Lana

Beverly said...

Now, that is the first I have heard of that. Oh, the links some go to for beauty.

I love your mother's lovely lady. What a wonderful treasure.

Happy Pink Saturday, Elizabeth.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What an interesting bit of trivia...the lengths we go to, huh?!
A pretty little PINK lady too!
Happy Pink Saturday!
;-D

lisa said...

Happy Pink Saturday!

YIKES... who knew, thanks for that little piece of history.

Your dresser figurine is beautiful.

Lisa

imjacobsmom said...

Well she's a pretty little container. I bet she's pretty valuable, too. You always have the most interesting information. Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Robyn

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Happy PS! lovely Pink Lady..

Sondra Behne' said...

A girl must do what a girl must do...or should they

bj said...

Oh, my...we've come a long way, baby!!
Loved seeing the pretty little pink lady!

Katie said...

What a great post, thanks! Happy Belated Pink Saturday!

Deanna said...

Hi Elizabeth!
What a darling little lady! And how frightning that info was...thank goodness we don't have to wear that make-up anymore or we'd be walking around looking as if we had black chicken pox!

Deanna :)

JudyBug said...

Cute little figurine. I enjoyed the story that went with it!

Carrie said...

Fascinating...aren't we fortunate to live in times of more knowledge!

Mo..."Mo's Cottage" said...

I love the fact that I learn so much on blogs...that was great info on the make up....glad it is not like that now...Sorry, I am a bit late on my Pink Saturday visit...
Mo :-)

Chatelaine said...

I love it when I learn something from a post. Thanks so much!

From a fellow New Englander. Nice to meet you on my first Pink Saturday.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That is a very interesting fact. The things people have done for beauty is amazing and still is. I never understood why a "beauty spot" or mole was called a beauty spot. I always thought they were....well never mind. :) Happy way belated Pink Saturday. xo Lynn

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh you know that I LOVE her!