Make me beautiful…

(Yes, the title is a pure reference to Nip/Tuck’s theme).

What is beauty? Is it a state of mind? Or is it something purely superficial? Some people try to achieve the aestethic perfection through diets, expensive treatments and plastic surgery. Trying to reach “perfection” is not just a modern thing as during some more old times people tried everything, even the oddest beauty devices to look beautiful and charming.

The face has its distinctive features and a lovely pair of dimples could make a big difference in your look. In 1936 Isabella Gilbert invented the Dimple Machine – consisted of a “face-fitting spring carrying two tiny knobs which press into the cheeks”. Unfortunately, it seems that the pain caused by the springs was too intense even for the most fanatical aspiring fashion models.

You have a beautiful face… but your nose? If you didn’t like your nose and didn’t want to resort to a painful and expensive rhinoplasty, during the 20s there was a “fashionable” nose-shaper. The Trados Nose-Shaper was pretty popular, invented by face specialist Mr. M. Trilety offering a quick and permanent nose correction solution.

Diet has always been a big pain for everyone who wanted to look slimmer and healthier – The Wilsonia Magnetic Corset could come in handy as claimed by manufacturers Thomson, Langdon & Co., which advertised this device as both a remedy for indigestion, paralysis and nervousness and the key to a teensy tiny waist.

Sensitive skin? Here we have a couple of gadgets for you: sunglasses with nose-protector and a freckleproof cape straight from the 40s. LOOKING GOOD!!

                                  

So, as you can see from these old ads the “obsession” with the physical appearence is not a brand new trend; moreover, research and enhancement of the aesthetic beauty are among the most ancient features of the Western civilization. Of course, today, we live in a world with endless options for altering our appearance, you can have professionals help you tan, wax, and buff your skin. You can get your hair chemically treated and then style it, as predicted in 1985’s comedy film “Brazil,” plastic surgery is widespread and accepted now. Not that it is always a good thing!

“Beauty is a curse on the world. It keeps us from seeing who the real monsters are.”

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Haunted Paintings.

There’s nothing that I love more than art and weird historical facts, so today I’m going to write about some paintings that are believed to be, somehow, cursed and that have some pretty “bizarre” background. Most of these paintings are very famous even because they were owned by actors or other Very Important People. This is going to be a long post, so sit tight, grab a cuppa and enjoy.

The Hands Resist Him” (Bill Stoneham, 1972) is known as the haunted eBay painting. It depicts a young boy and a female doll standing in front of a glass door against which many hands are pressed. According to the artist, the boy is based on a photograph of himself at age five, the doorway is a representation of the dividing line between the waking world and the world of fantasy and impossibilities, while the doll is a guide that will escort the boy through it.

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