As I’m last-minute packing for a holiday to Croatia, it got me thinking about what “toilette” items would a girl like me be packing for her holidays 100 years ago. The Saturday Evening Post ads are a great source of inspiration, and it’s surprising how many household names have been firmly established for longer than you could imagine.
Colgate “Ribbon dental cream”
Listerine: A very handy antiseptic, it was first sold as mouthwash in America in 1914.
Ponds: not only their cold cream which you can buy today (though I imagine it a very different formula), but their famous “vanishing cream”, which sounds like something you might find in Harry Potter but was so called, I imagine, because it absorbed better than the grease-based cold cream. You can find lots of nice lovely antique Pond’s cold cream jars on Etsy if you look for that sort of thing… not that I do…
Now I better go make sure my pint-sized ziplock bag is ready for Easyjet inspections!