Breck Beautiful Hair Cream Treatment with Lipicil and Lanolin for Dry or Damaged Hair


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.

Lipicil and lanolin (wool grease) were key ingredients in Breck Cream Treatment which was sold from the late 1940s through the end of the 1950s. "Lipicil" was trademarked by the Breck company in 1954. Advertisments claimed that these ingredients would "aid in the treatment and prevention of hair dryness, dandruff, and hard-to-manage hair."

Date Made: ca 1954-1959

Maker: John H. Breck, Inc.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Springfield

Subject: Hair Care Products

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Credit Line: Gift of The Dial Corporation

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1998.0251.06Accession Number: 1998.0251Catalog Number: 1998.0251.06

Object Name: conditionerhair care productOther Terms: Hair Care Products; Cosmetics

Physical Description: lipicil (product active ingredients)cardboard (packaging material)glass (container material)plastic (container material)lanolin (product active ingredients)Measurements: overall: 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in x 2 1/2 in; 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm x 6.35 cm


Record Id: nmah_688333

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