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Vintage photos reveal extreme lengths women went to in order to be beautiful between 1930 and 1960


Beauty knows no pain! Vintage photos reveal the extreme lengths women went to for their appearance – including wearing a face harness designed to ‘fix’ an upturned nose

  • Vintage pictures show the reality of beauty treatments in the 1930s, 40s and 50s
  • One picture shows a woman going through painful freckle removal treatment
  • In another, ladies can be seen sporting swimsuits made of wood to the beach 

The saying ‘one must suffer to be beautiful’ is certainly appropriate for this set of eye-opening vintage photographs.

The series of images reveal the extreme beauty treatments and bizarre wardrobe choices women opted for to look fashionable in the first half of the 20th century. 

In a gallery compiled by Bored Panda, British and American women are pictured undergoing baffling therapies and donning bizarre contraptions in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.

In one snap, a woman is seen having a scary-looking freckle removal session, while a lady offers a cheeky smile as another paints a pantyhose line onto her calf in another. Women did this when money was scarce or when tights ran out during and post-WWII.

Here FEMAIL reveals more of the bizarre beauty trends women endured back in the day.

A woman has a line drawn onto her calf to make it look like she's wearing pantyhose in 1926. The practice was common when money was scarce and women could not buy or find stockings

A woman has a line drawn onto her calf to make it look like she’s wearing pantyhose in 1926. The practice was common when money was scarce and women could not buy or find stockings 

A woman in the 1930s undergoes a freckle removal treatment. Her eyes are covered with a special air-tight contraption and the nostrils are blocked

A woman in the 1930s undergoes a freckle removal treatment. Her eyes are covered with a special air-tight contraption and the nostrils are blocked

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An advert for a nose straightening device found in a vintage newspaper in Binghamton, New York

An advert for a nose straightening device found in a vintage newspaper in Binghamton, New York

A group of women wearing swimsuits made of light wood in the 1940s. Thankfully, the trend did not endure

A group of women wearing swimsuits made of light wood in the 1940s. Thankfully, the trend did not endure

A newspaper advertising a 'dimple machine' aiming to give women their desired look, invented by Isbaelle Gilbert in Rochester, New York in 1936

A newspaper advertising a ‘dimple machine’ aiming to give women their desired look, invented by Isbaelle Gilbert in Rochester, New York in 1936

Wrinkles be gone! Two women wearing beauty masks made of rubber to get rid of their fine lines in the 1920s

Wrinkles be gone! Two women wearing beauty masks made of rubber to get rid of their fine lines in the 1920s 

Don't try this at home! A woman was photographed plunging her limbs in buckets of water laced with an electrical current to boost her blood circulation in 1938

Don’t try this at home! A woman was photographed plunging her limbs in buckets of water laced with an electrical current to boost her blood circulation in 1938

Hairdryers were a new concept in the 1920s - when this peculiar picture was taken of a woman having her locks blow-dried

Hairdryers were a new concept in the 1920s – when this peculiar picture was taken of a woman having her locks blow-dried 

A relaxed woman photographed trying a weight loss machine made of tubes while knitting in 1940s

A relaxed woman photographed trying a weight loss machine made of tubes while knitting in 1940s

A smiling woman with a special contraption which looks like a breast pump in an French advert from the 1930s

A smiling woman with a special contraption which looks like a breast pump in an French advert from the 1930s

Trends fade! The 1960s were all about curves - and this newspaper dispensed advice to 'skinny' women on what to eat to plump up

Trends fade! The 1960s were all about curves – and this newspaper dispensed advice to ‘skinny’ women on what to eat to plump up 

Women having their legs painted to make it look like they were wearing stockings in Croydon, London, in 1941

Women having their legs painted to make it look like they were wearing stockings in Croydon, London, in 1941

The Miss Lovely Eyes beauty pageant in Florida saw female competitors wear masks to obscure the rest of their faces to the judges; circa 1930

The Miss Lovely Eyes beauty pageant in Florida saw female competitors wear masks to obscure the rest of their faces to the judges; circa 1930

Women taking part in a beauty pageant in Cliftonville in 1936, wearing hats on their faces so that only their bodies could be judged

Women taking part in a beauty pageant in Cliftonville in 1936, wearing hats on their faces so that only their bodies could be judged

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