Vintage 1950’s Bathing Suits

Just in time for swimming weather (at least here in North America), here’s a swimsuit roundup of some of the cutest 1950’s looks.

Good Grooming for Busy Women, by Mary Stuyvesant–The Woman Magazine, 1949

I stumbled across this post after I’d posted yesterday’s long read on Facials. Let’s call this a companion post.

Good Grooming for Busy Women
There’s a happy medium between full time glamour and total neglect 

Mary Stuyvesant
Good Grooming Consultant for Pond’s

Whenever beauty treatments are discussed, the average woman’s reaction is, “If I only had the time and money!” She wonders how anyone but a lady of leisure can fit twenty minutes of exercise, a facial and half an hour’s rest before dinner into the day’s routine, to say nothing of manicures, pedicures and setting the hair.


The average woman’s twenty-four-hour schedule is about as elastic as last year’s girdle. The homemaker has breakfast to get, dishes to wash, beds to make and the other well-known household chores–all on top of an early start for the sake of a commuting male. For the career girl, breakfast and a hasty tidying-up job are combined with a mad scramble to check in at the office at nine sharp, looking her smart and efficient best.

Is either of these ladies apt to rise a half an hour ahead of time to bump and bend in the chilly dawn? Will they shut themselves up in the evening after a long hard day and go through a dreary series of “Left, right, down, up?”

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The Plain Facial–Everyday Grooming, Helen Livingstone and Ann Maroni, 1951

This one is a long read, but for the sake of experimentation, I might give this step-by-step instruction set a try. (Minus the bleach pack mentioned at the end. That doesn’t sound like it would be good for my fragilish, almost 40 year-old epidermis.) Happy pampering!

The Plain Facial

The saying that “Beauty comes from within,’ is indeed true. Your diet, the proper amount of rest, exercise, fresh air, and sunshine are all reflected through the skin, Fig. 61. No amount of facial work, make-up, or any other camouflage can hide a poor and unhealthy skin.

The plain facial has many benefits. It cleanses, softens, and freshens the skin. It stimulates the circulation and muscles. A facial at the end of a trying day has soothing and freshening effects beneficial to everyone, young and old, Fig. 62.

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