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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Wrapped in Plastic: 1961

Wrapped in Plastic: 1961

September 15, 1961. "Helena Rubinstein, 655 Fifth Avenue, New York. Class in session." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Glamour School


New York Times, November 7, 1960.

Glamour Courses Are Held at Salon

Most women are downright babes in the wood when it comes to applying make-up despite years of trying. Almost every face has some feature or area that make-up can help. When applied clumsily, make-up can accentuate the deficiencies in a face, not conceal them.

Realizing that many women are unable to learn without professional instruction, Helena Rubinstein is now offering daily classes in glamour and corrective make-up in her salon at 655 Fifth Avenue. They are held Mondays through Fridays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A single lesson costs $5; a private lesson is $10.

Appointments may be made by telephoning ELdorado 5-2100 or writing the Helena Rubinstein salon.

Bette Davis

In the middle, second from the front. The set of the mouth, the heavy-lidded eyes.

Internet Lounge 1961

Those old Laptops were sure big.

 
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