In Hope in a Jar, historian Kathy Peiss gives us a vivid history in which women, Replete with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, Hope in a Jar is a. Drawing on a wealth of archival sources, historian Kathy Peiss uncovers a vivid Rich with the voices and experiences of ordinary women, “Hope in a Jar” is a. In this lively social history of America’s beauty culture, freelance writer Peiss traces the background and growth of the billion-dollar U.S. cosmetics industry over.

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This is one of the most interesting history books I’ve read in avery long time. Promoting the MadeUp Woman. I’m not gonna recite everything I’ve read here that changed the way I look at peisx, in fact I’m just gonna mention one little something.

Hope in a Jar: This article is also available for rental through DeepDyve. By the s, lipstick was positively patriotic, and both men and women were encouraged to groom themselves to a shine as a way to boost morale during the war.

I didn’t really learn anything new. Peiss does a particularly good job in tracing the impact of various standard WASP beauty fantasies on people, such as African-Americans, who could never hope to fulfill the fantasies. Kwthy May peis by Owl Books first published Very informative and interesting if priss are obsessed with make up like myself. Of particular note was the history of the cosmetics industry and the political implications of women-owned including women of color businesses being co-opted by male-owned conglomerates.


She shows how women, far from being pawns and victims, used makeup to declare their freedom, identity, and sexual allure as they flocked to enter public life.

The book gave very good historical context and thought to the early cosmetics industry. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I suppose then it would be another book American Historical Association members Sign in via society site.

Nov 27, Stephanie rated it liked it Shelves: Our gender roles, our morals, our identity are constantly under scrutiny from peiws and women alike.

How did Powder and Paint, once scorned as immoral, become indispensable to millions of respectable women? A really interesting read for those interested in the history of beauty in america.

It is from the cultural and societal perspective, rather than the industrial and scientific one. Account Options Sign in. No trivia or quizzes yet. If you are at all interested in women’s history, African American history, or advertising, I highly recommend this book.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture – Kathy Peiss – Google Books

We always want what we don’t have. Dec 23, Amanda rated it liked it. Please provide an email address. Quotes from Hope in a Jar: It’s really interesting look on why, how, and what other people think of when you wear make-up.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture

Jan 16, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder—but the power of the hhope culture to control women’s behavior is impressively illustrated in this study of the growth of America’s beauty industry.


Jul 04, Melanie Rodgers rated it it was amazing. Hope in a Jar is filled with many interesting facts and anecdotes but it was slow going. Kathy Peiss is Roy F. But where did these rules come from? Hope in a Jar: I just thought that there could have been an extreme amount of things that could of been taken out an I found this book incredibly interesting and I plan on recommending it to many of my friends.

Hope in a Jar: The Making of America’s Beauty Culture – Kathy Lee Peiss – Google Books

Helena Rubenstein and Elizabeth Arden were monumental players, of course, but African-American women played a humungous role in creating women-owned companies that allowed other women to become financially independent and confident.

And how did men finally take over that rarest of institutions, a woman’s business? A real look at how capital moves the power in cosmetics and the creation of industry and image?

Good chapter on black women, racial uplift and makeup. A crap ton more that could have been put in.

At least, not entirely.