Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mask Transit

Afraid of the bad effects polluted air could have on the skin, the 1620's woman donned a black velvet mask for a stroll down the avenue.  Nice touch. 


Of course she was still more likely to croak from her own hand than from allegedly poisonous fumes.  The mask was worn over a face which she had heavily made up with our old favorite, powdered white lead.

Source: Let There Be Clothes by Lynn Schnurnberger

3 comments:

  1. Huh, I did not know that! Very interesting =)

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    1. Nat - Interesting and somewhat chic, I say.

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  2. i did not know that's one of the reasons masks were so popular back then.

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