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Perfume Passage Journal
October 18, 2020
Launch of Perfume Passage Journal

Welcome to the first publication of Perfume Passage Journal.  The Mission of the Perfume Passage Foundation is to preserve the history, beauty and artistry of perfume bottles, compacts, ephemera and related vanity items.  Through education, awareness and access to the collection, library and archives, our objective is to inspire art lovers, collectors, archivists and curators to keep this history alive. 

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scent bottle WWI
July 18, 2020
Trench Art

Art has different functions throughout history, having many unique and different reasons for being created. And we know that art is in the eye of the beholder. Trench Art certainly fits this definition.

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liquid stockings
July 18, 2020
Paint On Hosiery During war Years

The Second World War influenced fashion in a great many ways. Between women going to work in huge numbers and war rationing, fashion got a huge make over.

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Man in Tub
June 15, 2020
Men's Hygiene

Americans had been as reluctant to bathe as Europeans, but by the late 19th century, the United States leapt toward the eradication of dirt and smells, adopting novel cleaning devices like showers and toothbrushes, which were supported by the latest studies on hygiene.

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These women found fashionable ways to protect their face during the pandemic of 1918.
May 30, 2020
Why My Mask Protects You and Your Mask Protects Me, goes back to the 17th century

The oldest living American is 115 years old and resides in North Carolina. She's one of over 300,000 centenarians worldwide and while most were too young to remember details of living through the 1918 flu pandemic, many do recall the required lockdowns, neighborhood deaths and mandatory wearing of masks.

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Advertisement featuring a drawing of a face, that of Mademoiselle Argal, Miss Paris 1934.
May 9, 2020
CARON PARIS - SINCE 1904

Established in 1904 by two, free and independent spirits, Caron brought together perfumer Ernest Daltroff and former dressmaker Felicie Wanpouille, who formed a perfume company that broke the codes of its time with their first creations.

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SS Teutonic between 1890-1900
March 15, 2020
Reflections of Travel Adventures - SS Teutonic

We are living in unprecedented times. Life has changed in a world of pandemic, however, March is a travel month for many! Students have a week-long vacation from school. Parents are ready to take a trip to a sunny destination to get away from the gloomy cold weather. And people are often ready for a break after a busy start to a new year. And although now is not a good time to take a cruise, we did want to celebrate March by climbing aboard an ocean liner, a popular travel adventure.  

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IAM log
December 15, 2019
Perfume Passage Foundation and Museum Recognized by the Illinois Association of Museums

The Illinois Association of Museums awarded Perfume Passage Foundation and Museum with the “Welcome Award” for their dedication in preserving the history, beauty, and artistry of perfume bottles, compacts, ephemera and related vanity items and for their vision to educate and inspire visitors by illuminating the connection between perfume and the human experience.  

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Umberto Bellotto
November 12, 2019
Acqua Dei Rii Di Venezia (Italy circa 1920’s) Designed by Umberto Bellotto (1882 - 1940)

Venice, the city of canals and romantic gondola rides in the Veneto region, northeastern Italy.

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Vintage Charlie Ross Bottles
July 22, 2019
The Charley Ross Cologne Bottle

Charley Ross, 4, and his brother Walter, 5, were kidnapped on July 1, 1874, from the front yard of their family's home in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. This bottle was designed to help find the boy, who unfortunately was never found.

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