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Collection consists of commercial advertisements and promotional materials created by Revlon Incorporated, 1936-1986.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of advertising and promotional materials of Revlon Incorporated from 1936 to 1986. Revlon's print and television advertisements, semi-annual promotions, and techniques of planned obsolescence helped it become one of the leading brands of the cosmetics industry. The materials provide insight into the depiction and importance of beauty throughout the decades. Additionally, the names of models and photographers are identified throughout the collection.
The collection is arranged in two series.
Series 1, Revlon Advertisements, 1936-1986
Series 2, Other Revlon Incorporated Brand Advertisements, 1965-1986
In 1932, brothers Charles, Joseph and Martin Revson, and chemist Charles Lachman founded the Revlon company with the goal of creating a mainstream market for nail polish. The introduction of new colors each year branded the product and created a dedicated market. In 1940, Revlon introduced lipstick and by 1952, it achieved tremendous success with its "Fire and Ice" campaign. The Revlon Company continues to expand its product line including beauty tools, skincare, make-up, hair color, and fragrance lines simultaneously advancing the careers of models.
Existence and Location of Originals
Revlon Incorporated maintains the original television commercials.
Collection processed by Kiley Orchard (intern); supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist, 2008.
Vanessa Broussard Simmons
Immediate Source of Acquisiton
This collection was donated by Martin Stevens in 2007
Using the Collection
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open for research use and access on site by appointment.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Revlon Advertising Collection, 1936-1986, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of Martin Stevens.
Materials in the Archives Center
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Albert W. Hampson Commercial Artwork (NMAH.AC.0561)
Cover Girl Advertising Oral History and Documentation Project (NMAH.AC.0374)
NW Ayer Advertising Agency Records (NMAH.AC.0059)
dditional materials were donated by Martin Stevens in 2008.
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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