Breck Beautiful Hair Banish Dandruff Treatment Shampoo

John H. Breck established his hair care business in Springfield, Mass., around 1910. He is credited with introducing the first pH-balanced liquid shampoo in 1930. The famous "Breck Girl" portraits, used in company advertising for forty years, were originally created by Springfield artist Charles Sheldon. Later Breck Girls included future celebrities such as Kim Basinger, Cybil Shepard, Jacquelyn Smith, and Christie Brinkley. Today (2012) the Breck product line is owned by Dollar Tree of Chesapeake, Va.
Breck Banish dandruff shampoo was introduced in 1957 and sold through the 1960s. It was advertised for use by the whole family as a "sure way to Banish cares" This product and other Breck "Beautiful Hair" products were advertised on Shirley Temple’s Storybook show on NBC in the late 1950s.
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Object Name
hair care product
date made
John H. Breck, Inc.
Physical Description
compound 22t4 containing 2,2'thiobis (4-chlorophenol) 3.0% (product active ingredients)
cardboard (packaging material)
glass (container material)
plastic (container material)
paper (container material)
overall, box: 5 1/8 in x 2 1/4 in x 1 5/8 in; 13.0175 cm x 5.715 cm x 4.1275 cm
overall, bottle: 4 1/2 in x 2 in x 1 1/2 in; 11.43 cm x 5.08 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Springfield
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Hair Care Products
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Beauty and Hygiene Products: Hair Care and Enhancement
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Beauty and Health
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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