>This weekend I’ve had a bit of a cold, which promoted some reading time. I recently found a Delineator magazine from August 1910, and while reading this weekend I came across this article. The early 20th century is one of my absolutely favorite eras. In fact, I’m just itching to start on a larger costume project for myself, so expect some earlier inspiration coming up soon on the blog
I’ve often been surprised to read in magazines of this time period somewhat shocking or controversial subjects that we somehow overlook in our much romanticized view of the past. My husband and I read this article together this weekend and we both were shuddering. It’s not for the faint of heart, but I thought you might find interesting this article from the August 1910 Delineator magazine on cosmetic surgery, told by a woman who underwent treatment herself. With a lot of these earlier magazines I sometimes wonder if the articles were created for shock value and as a deterrent for women to actually go through such horrific practices themselves or actually were written by women who had firsthand experience, but either way you turn it, it is interesting and has shaken some of my stereotypes of Edwardian beauty techniques.