radioactive beauty

The use of radium in the cosmetics industry during the 1920s and 1930s, an era crazed for radium-based products and radioactivity in general.

Commerically, radium was added to a wide range of products including wool for babies, water dispensers, chocolate, soda water, condoms, toothpaste, cigarettes, cleaning products, boot polish, fertilizers, luminous paints and cosmetics. More, here.


Harald Naegeli, Cologne, 1981, Photo: Hubert Maessen
Urban Folk from the book Trespass, found here.