Set of four Romanian beauty guides, 1969-1983. An interesting bit of beauty culture from 20th century Romania while it was still under communist rule and a satellite of the USSR. The sixties marked the beginning of a relaxation of the regime's strict control of individual freedoms, and a growing interest in popular culture at large that only increased in the following decades. This is demonstrated in these beauty manuals, which include traditional folk beauty recipes for care of the skin and body as well as more progressive mod illustrations of beauty looks, flippy sixties and seventies hairstyles, dance-inspired exercise diagrams, and more.
- Din Secretele Frumuseții: Machiajul, 1969. (The Secrets of Beauty: Makeup). 162 pgs.
- Cartea Femeii Peste 40 de Ani, 1975. (The Book of Women Over 40). 200 pgs.
- Îngrijiri Cosmetice, 1980. (Cosmetic Care). 147 pages.
- Caleidoscopul Sănătății, 1983. (The Kaleidoscope of Health). 233 pages.
Thank you to Ariadna for her kindness in translating much of the material in these manuals :)
Each measures approx. 4.8" H x 3.75" W x 0.3" D. Good condition - some wear to covers, light toning to pages, former owner name inside covers and some underlining. See images for reference, and feel free to email for more information.