Lot 8: Rare and Wise Letter from Cosmetics Queen Elizabeth Arden
Presidential Letters, Free Franks & Speeches: Washington to Bush + Important Autographs in History, Science & the Arts
October 26, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Rare Letter from Cosmetics Queen Elizabeth Arden: “Nothing we learn is ever lost or wasted, if it is constructive, and it can always be tucked away in a little corner of the mind for future use.” ********** ARDEN, ELIZABETH. (1878-1966). Canadian-American businesswoman who revolutionized the cosmetics industry. TLS. (“Elizabeth Arden”). 1p. 8vo. New York, October 17. On her Fifth Avenue stationery. To Donald Carey, a student at Viewpoint School in Amenia, New York. ********** “Thank you VERY MUCH for your sweet letter and good wishes. Unfortunately I was working too hard to have a real vacation, but I do hope you enjoyed yours to the fullest extent. I think it perfectly wonderful that you now have a Student Council and so many new activities, which I am sure will be more interesting and helpful in learning the ways of organization. Nothing we learn is ever lost or wasted, if it is constructive, and it can always be tucked away in a little corner of the mind for future use. I almost envy you the privilege of going to school in such a beautiful place and happy atmosphere, and I would love to attend a meeting of your One Way Club! I hope it will be possible for me to pay you a visit some time soon, but in the meantime, much love and good wishes...” ********** Born Florence Nightingale Graham in Canada of immigrant parents, Arden moved to the United States where she worked as a beautician and researched skincare products while employed as a bookkeeper for the Squibb Pharmaceuticals Company. After founding Elizabeth Arden Inc., she hired scientists to formulate her cosmetics, opening her famed Red Door Salon in 1910 and emphasizing proper makeup application, salon treatments, makeovers, and coordinating makeup colors. She is remembered for her motto “To be beautiful is the birthright of every woman” and for popularizing cosmetics, which had formerly been associated with prostitutes and the theater. ********** Folded and in very good condition. Accompanied by the original envelope and a black-and-white photograph of Arden seated at an elegant dining table with four young men, one of whom is identified on the verso as the letter’s recipient. Uncommon.