A Lipstick is worth a Hundred Words
By Jessica M
The 1920s were a wonderful decade for lipstick. The invention of the metal push-up tube made lipstick more portable and more convenient than ever before, better formulas were developed, and many new shades of red and pink were available. And finally, modern women could wear makeup in public, in daytime, without being considered immoral! John Held was an artist who humorously chronicled the Jazz Age, and this cartoon captures all the iconic details of the Roaring ‘20s: the young man’s auto, cigarette, and flask of bootleg liquor, and the woman’s short dress, stylish cloche, stockings, and bright red lipstick!
Illustration by John Held, 1925