Old Theatrical Makeup
I have been collecting old makeup kits sold on eBay of late in the hope of learning a bit more on the earlier use of stage makeup. These photos show some kits I’ve purchased recently.Click the kit to see detailed pictures of the makeup.
Page 2: A complete American professional actor’s kit in it’s original tin box, most probably used by a white male in the early 20th Century.
expired lithographic pamphlet on stage makeup from around 1900. It shows clear diagrams of the common types of theater makeup used for portraying popular characters and types on the American stage at that time. These diagrams are not only interesting for the study of the history of stage makeup, but also for the study of various stereotypes of race, gender and age prevalent in stage works of the time, including black face, yellow face, and red face.