Thought for the day

"Arms are the only true badges of liberty.  The possession of arms is the distinction of a free man from a slave." -- Andrew Fletcher 1698



In the 1930s, makeup legend Max Factor invented an ingenious combination of phrenology, cosmetics, and a pseudoscientific approach to analyzing the imperfections of a woman's face. It's the Beauty Micrometer, a clockwork orange-style device that claims to measure facial ugliness. Placed on and around the head and face, the Beauty Micrometer uses flexible metal strips that align with a person's facial features. The screws holding the strips in place allow 325 adjustments, enabling the operator to make fine measurements with an accuracy of one-thousandth of an inch. The inventors said there are two key measurements they looked for: the height of the nose and forehead should be the same, and the eyes should be separated by the width of one eye. When an imperfection is identified, corrective makeup can be applied to enhance or reduce the feature. The company Max Factor claims that the device helped Max Factor, Sr. understand female faces better. The Beauty Micrometer was completed in 1932 and built primarily for use in the film industry. According to the Modern Mechanics article, when an actor's face is shown too large their "flaws" are magnified and "glaring distortions" can be created. The device was intended to solve a perceived problem, and the inventors also envisioned it being used in beauty shops. However, it did not become popular and did not find widespread use. Only one beauty micrometer is believed to exist. It is on display at the Hollywood Entertainment Museum.