Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Princess Pat Cosmetics

"Princess Pat Rouge is the World's most popular rouge, and rightly so - because it is made by the famous duo-tone process, an under tone and an overtone. This rouge really "does something" for you. It gives color that looks so real it seems your very own. Moisture proof too! Perspiration or swimming will not affect it. Princess Pat shades represent the height of fashion - created by leading fashion experts. For complete color harmony make-up that is most flattering, always wear Princess Pat Lip Stick and Face Powder with your Princess Pat Rouge." This is a vintage message princess pat cosmetics used to send out to there customers circa the 1940's. That is some awesome rouge if it stays on while you are swimming, imagine coming out of the water and having perfect rosy cheeks. I had trouble finding concrete facts about Princess Pat cosmetics, I did happen to stumble upon the notes from a 1951 hearing of a lawsuit between Princess Pat cosmetics and another company, which answered quite a few of my questions. The judge asks the representative of Princess Pat cosmetics how long they have been in business and the answer about forty years. That means they must have been in business since around 1910. Another interesting question asked was who are some of your important customers and the answer," I would say Marshall Field, Mandel Brothers, Carson Pirie Scott & Company, Bloomingdale, Macey's, May Company, Walgreen, Whelan, Stineway Drug Company, Broadway Department Store, practically every worthwhile store in the United States and Canada, Simpson's Eaton's, Sanborn's in Mexico, and all over the world, practically." Princess Pat cosmetics were sold all over even though they made and shipped everything out of Chicago, Illinois. A study done in 1935 mentioned that Princess Pat dominated rouge sales at 10.2%, here are some PP vintage rouge tins and compacts I found in different stores online. Along with cosmetics PP also sold hair nets made of real human hair aswell as nylon nets. To go along with this post about vintage makeup here is a really interesting vintage article originally published in the 1940's it is titled Care Of The Skin And Its Disorders.
This is the item that inspired this post on Princess Pat cosmetics, I just adore the color and the original card is so darling. This lipstick is unused and would be a wonderful addition to my collection but at $40 its not something I need at this moment. The back even had the stamp of approval from good housekeeping.
All of the items shown can be found:

14 comments:

  1. What a neat post! My grandmother's ephemera collection includes some ads for tubes of lipstick made by "Colgate" of all brands! These Princess Pat compacts are nostalgically pretty, I can't believe hair nets were made from real hair, wow...
    XoXo,
    Berlin

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  2. Very interesting post. Makes one wish Princess Pat was still around today.

    www.sewingwithtrudy.blogspot.com

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  3. What a great blog and fabulous material. I loved the Princess Pat post, especially because Enoch Bolles illustrated several PP ads. If you see anything Princess Pat that even remotely looks like a Bolles please let me know.
    Jack

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  4. OMG...I'll be telling my make-up artist sister about this. FANTASTIC info and pictures.

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  5. I just found a Princess Pat container today while metal detecting. It looks like the bronze colored one on the left hand side of the page. I may have found one that looks like the one on the right(last year) but now I can't find it D'OH.

    Thanks for putting up some history about it!

    BTW, both found at sidewalk tear-ups in Chicago.

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  6. Also found one metal detecting in Toledo, OH, a little tin about the size of a half dollar. bronze color, sealed shut for good.

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  7. Awesome! I found a Princess Pat rouge tin (the one on the right) in my backyard while hunting for treasures about ten years ago! Except it's incredibly worn (still opens, but the mirror is cracked) and you can barely tell it used to be gold coloured.

    Do you have any idea when they made that version of it? I'd love to know.

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  8. ifound a PP rouge tin today while metal detecting in leeds, alabama around some old side walks, still in good condition and it opens, took some cleaning but looks great. does any body collect. email me at jshockley6@aol.com

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  9. I found a brass container like the one in the lower picture I was metal detecting in gull lake in south west Michigan thanks for the history.

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  10. Hey guys, I found a Princess Pat lipstick tube today metal detecting. Looks like it is brass and it is all together. I cleaned it up and it still works, as far as being able to pull the applicator out of the of the tube. Other than having the normal tarnish it is in good shape. I bet if I polished on it I could get it looking brand new. I think I'll just leave it as is. If anyone needs a picture email me at info@atleather.com

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  11. Another lucky metal detectorist who found a Princess Pat rouge tin. I found it last night and your's was the first site that came up on my phone. It's the third tin on your page. Mine looks like it was painted Red and Green along with the Brass. I also found a Mary Garden make up tin about thirty feet away back in September.

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  12. I actually just found one of the rouges in a chest in my attic

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  13. I found a princess pat thing in my yard also. Whitehall, Michigan.. it's like the round tin on the bottom.. still opens.

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