I’d Prefer a Manhattan: Woodbury’s Facial Cocktail

An advertisement in the May 1942 issue of Ladies Home Companion (perhaps more popular than it’s sister Ladies Workplace Companion in that era) declares: “To Rate Romantic Dates… Try my Woodbury Facial Cocktail.”

Vera Corey Henderson, Philly Deb, is shown in a number of scenarios rolling bandages for the war effort, washing her face, and being courted by an officer in white.

Read more about how Woodbury Facial Soap adjusted its advertising message from one of wholesomeness in the 19th century to one of supporting romance in the 20th at this History Matters blog from George Mason University.



About Becky Fifield

Becky Fifield is a cultural heritage professional with 25 years experience in institutions large and small. She is currently Head of Collection Management for the Special Collections of the New York Public Library. An advocate for preventive conservation, Ms. Fifield is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation, Chair of the AIC Collection Care Network, and former Chair of Alliance for Response NYC. She is also a scholar of 18th century female unfree labor and dress. There's a bit of pun in the title The Still Room, delineating a quiet space brimming with the ingredients of memory, where consideration, analysis, and wordcraft can take place. Ms. Fifield’s interests include museum practice, dress history, historic preservation, transit, social and women’s history, food, current events, geneaology, roadtrips, and considerations on general sense of place. Becky and her husband, Dr. V, live in the Hudson Valley.