Charlie Perfume, Dummy Bottle - Revlon

Brothers Charles and Joseph Revson and chemist Charles Lachman (whose surname provided the “L” in the Revlon name) founded Revlon in 1932 as a company to sell nail enamel. In the following years, the company broadened its product line to include cosmetics and fragrances. Revlon added “Charlie” brand perfume in 1973. The perfume was launched behind an ad campaign that featured model Shelley Hack wearing pantsuits—a change from the dresses and romance in previous perfumery advertising—that was meant to target a more liberated and independent woman.
Currently not on view
Object Name
fragrance, display bottle
date made
after 1973
Physical Description
glass (container material)
plastic (container material)
metal (container material)
overall: 4 7/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 1 5/8 in; 12.3825 cm x 6.6675 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall: 11.8 cm x 6.3 cm x 4 cm; 4 5/8 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 9/16 in
ID Number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
American Enterprise
Beauty and Health
Beauty and Hygiene Products: Fragrance
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Ruth Kline
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