Dorothy Gray – Radioactive Cold Cream

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Ah, the 1950’s.   Scares of Commies, Atomic bombs, and blacks.  However, we weren’t so scared of radiation, even rubbing it right into our skin.   Dorothy Gray was the best cold cream at cleaning your face because it was imbued with the power of radiation, which would melt the dirty right out of your pores.  Hilarious they even test the cold cream on the model’s face by reading it with a Geiger Counter.  I’d call this product “Snake Oil” except I’m pretty convinced that it actually did work.

Radioactive products in the 1940s and 1950s were considered modern, powerful, wave-of-the-future type goods.  They were used in creams, pills, toys, clocks, water, fertility products, and suppositories.  Even more amusing was that there were all sorts of radioactive products at the time.  Here are some more popular radioactive products.

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1 Comment

  1. duh September 13, 2011 at 5:51 am -  Reply

    Wasn’t it the DIRT that was made “just radioactive enough to register on a Geiger Counter”? I’m assuming they did that to prove how effective the cleanser was at removing the dirt. The cleanser isn’t radioactive. The dirt is. Which makes this article pointless.

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