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Image of Mary Pickford

Mary Pickford

  • Pompeian Beauty Panel
  • 699 x 191mm (27½ x 7½in)
  • 1923

"The most popular girl in the world" and "The highest paid artist in the world" were accolades accorded to Mary Pickford in the early years of the 20th century.

Canadian born Mary Pickford, "America's sweetheart" of silent films, became one of the first great celebrities of the cinema.

Her success transformed her into an international star and along with D. W. Griffith, Charlie Chaplin and Douglas Fairbanks was a founder of United Artists.

The Pompeian Manufacturing Company of Cleveland, Ohio, in 1923, selected the famous Hollywood actress for their "Pompeian Beauty of the Year" advertising poster by the accomplished American artist Gene Pressler known for his Art Deco style illustrations.

The reverse of the poster contains a calendar for 1923 along with a range of cosmetic products revealing the way to achieve instant and lasting beauty through the use of Pompeian creams, powders and lipsticks.

Extra copies of the panel could be purchased for 6d (six old pence) including postage as a framed copy would make a delightful birthday or Christmas present.



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