Do you think that plastic surgery is a modern phenomenon? Well, think again. Plastic surgery has now become widely accepted, but it has been around since ancient times. In 1910, the Delineator, an old popular American home and fashion magazine, published a piece (scanned in by the lovely Lauren at Wearing History, who kindly allowed me to reproduce it here) about the ordeal women went through to turn back the hands of time.
The article, which was written by a woman who underwent the treatment herself, gives us a very detailed insight into the cosmetic surgery procedures of the Edwardian time, which were pretty horrific. If you’re squeamish, you may not to want to read it. But what made women undergo these treatments? Then as now, vanity. The writer of the article was a middle-aged woman who, having fallen in love with a younger man, spent a small fortune on plastic surgery to make herself more attractive to him. Her hands still gave her age away though…
To read the article, please click on the pictures to enlarge them.
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