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    Joan Renner is a writer, lecturer, and social historian with an expert knowledge of Los Angeles-based murders, corruption, and scandals. She blogs about local crime at her Web site, [Deranged L.A. Crimes][1].

 

Vintage Powder Room: Sta-Rite Hair Pins

What this 1940s beauty product has to do with American pride Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Miss Freedom Hair Net

This $10 collectible recalls the women of the Greatest Generation Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Hollywood Curler

Before her face appeared on this beauty ad, Betty Burgess was a screen actress hoping for fame Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Mary Garden’s Perfume Ad

This week’s featured collectible is an early 20th century beauty advertisement featuring an opera singer who in 1913 set L.A. abuzz Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Nupcial Face Powder

A look back at bridal beauty in the age of prohibition Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Woodbury Facial Powder

A man's visage on a face-powder box points at a post-WW1 shift in sexual mores Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Mannings Stocking Box

The garter belt went from old-fashioned to erotic in the course of a couple of decades Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: The Gimbel Hair Net

Never does a woman look more stylish than when she’s pursuing her dreams Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: Cha Ming Face Powder Box

This tiny relic is a reminder of the city's complicated history with Chinatown Read more...

Vintage Powder Room: No-Tair Hairnet

Crime history and cosmetics have more in common than you might think Read more...

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