Salon as Clinic . . . Enduring Myth

CVA 99-4307 - Georgian Beauty Salon at 3870 East Hastings. 1933. Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-4307 – Georgian Beauty Salon at 3870 East Hastings. 1933. Stuart Thomson photo.

This ’30s image is a reminder to me of the myth (which endures today, albeit in different form) of an implied near equivalence of hygiene standards between the purveyors of beauty products and those of medicine. Witness, above, the white uniforms on all staff except the receptionist. Today note, for example, the dominance of white in ads of Clinique products.

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