Elizabeth Arden Velva Leg Film, Sun Copper

While leg makeup was commercially available since the 1920s, it wasn't until rationing was introduced during the Second World War that leg makeup became an essential commodity for many American women.
Silk and nylon became virtually unatainable, so, unable to procure silk or nylon stockings, many women resorted to painting their legs with products such as this Velva Leg Film. Some industrious ladies even painted black lines down the back of their legs to mimic the seams of hosiery.
Velva Leg film was manufactured in the Nineteen Forties by Elizabeth Arden, a Canadian-born American businesswoman known for her beauty salons and cosmetic products.
Currently not on view
Object Name
leg make-up
date made
ca 1933
product launch
Elizabeth Arden Inc.
Physical Description
plastic (container material)
glass (container material)
overall: 14.5 cm x 6.5 cm x 3.4 cm; 5 11/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 1 5/16 in
overall: 5 3/4 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 3/8 in; 14.605 cm x 6.6675 cm x 3.4925 cm
place made
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
Health & Medicine
Beauty and Health
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Make-up
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Make-up
Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Sidney Glaser
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