In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us a vivid history in which women, Replete with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, Hope in a Jar is a. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, historian Kathy Peiss uncovers a vivid Rich with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, “Hope in a Jar” is a. In this lively social history of America’s beauty culture, freelance writer Peiss traces the background and growth of the billion-dollar U.S. cosmetics industry over.

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Walker — in shaping a unique industry that relied less on advertising than on women’s customs of visiting “Avon calling” and conversation.

Paperbackpages. Sign In or Create an Account. SUPER interesting and complex. Apr 01, Allison Hammerly rated it liked it. It allowed women to try new forms of self-expression. I felt like towards the middle we were stuck in the thirties for what seemed like a hundred years and then at the end when the entire regime of makeup is overthrown in the 70’s it got barely three to five paragraphs?! From New York’s genteel enameling studios to Memphis’s straightening parlors, Peiws depicts the beauty trades that thrived until the s, when corporations run by men entered the lucrative field, creating a mass consumer culture that codified modern feminity.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture

For me, that’s what I was most interested in. Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden were monumental players, of course, but African-American women played a humungous role in creat A fascinating and exhaustively researched book about beauty culture in America from the s through the s when the book was published.


The remaining portion was the late 30s hops early 90s. Jae did a “kitchen physic,” as homemade cosmetics were once called, become a multibillion-dollar industry? Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture by Kathy Peiss

I’m a big fan of Kathy Peiss and her direction of scholarship in American history. Selected pages Title Page.

Interesting look at the history and sociology of cosmetic use in the United States, showing how changing culture made makeup more acceptable. Contents Women Who Painted.

HOPE IN A JAR by Kathy Peiss | Kirkus Reviews

The Making of America’s Jae Culture. If you are at all interested in women’s history, African American history, or advertising, I highly recommend this book.

Kathy Peiss is Roy F. I am not the target audience for this book. A fascinating and exhaustively researched book about beauty culture in America from the s through the s when the book was published.

To purchase short term access, please sign in to your Oxford Academic account above. I was especially intrigued by the rise of entrepreneurship among women, both white and of color, thanks to the makeup movement, as well as the path it took from being shamed to accepted.

I just thought that there could have been an extreme amount of things that could of been taken out and. Although the story was at times a bit “rambly” and perhaps verbose, it was filled with accounts of advertising, personal points-of-view, and tidbits which helped one to really understand the story from a closer, more personal perspective.

Beauty Culture and Womens Commerce. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

Not nearly as fascinating or engaging as I was expecting. Spending time in salons gave women the chance to develop community and to catch up.


Receive exclusive offers and updates from Oxford Academic. Peiss covers the intersections of beauty and beauty culture in the U. However not a book I would probably read again.

I learned about the history of makeup in the US. Interesting and tackles ja of the things I wanted to know about it Close mobile search navigation Article navigation. You do not currently have access to this article. But interesting and happy to have read it once.

Sometimes the author seemed to equate advertising copy with historical fact, probably due to a general peixs of information. Finally cosmetics became affordable its usage stopped being a social suicide, its consuption skyrocketed and we don’t know where to stop anymore. Of particular note was the history of the cosmetics industry and the political implications of women-owned including women of color businesses being co-opted by male-owned conglomerates.

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Hope in a Jar

In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us a vivid history in which women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life.

Oct 04, Andrea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Our ib roles, our morals, our identity are constantly under scrutiny from men and women alike. A crap ton more that could have been put in. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.