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COLLECTION Identifier: A/M6495

Modelle Miller beauty supplies collection, 1895, undated


Promotional material advertising products offered by Modelle Miller and seeking agents to buy and sell her products.


  • Creation: 1895
  • Creation: Undated


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Modelle Miller as well as copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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The collection consists of promotional material advertising products offered by Modelle Miller and seeking agents to buy and sell her products. There are order forms and price lists, advertisements, a form letter, and a self-addressed mailing envelope addressed to Miss Modelle Miller, New Carlisle, Indiana. The advertisements feature glowing testimonials for the products, which include Oriental Curling Fluid and Lily Bouquet ("for the complexion"). In addition, there is a letter (dated 1895) which details the benefits of becoming a branch office manager for the company and purchasing inventory from Miller, particularly the satisfaction of becoming a businesswoman: "Many a man has been dazzled by the volume of business that woman's skill and enterprise has built, why not number yourself among those ladies who have attained success in this as well as in other work?"


Modelle Miller owned a beauty supply company in New Carlisle, Indiana, in the 1890s. She advertised in newspapers for female agents to sell her products, which included cosmetics and herbal remedies. In February 1895, she was banned from using the mail by Postmaster General Wilson Bissell after an investigation resulted in fraud charges.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2020-M145

The Modelle Miller beauty supplies collection was acquired from DeWolfe and Wood in December 2020.

Processing Information

Processed: December 2021

By: Paula Aloisio

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Miller, Modelle. Modelle Miller beauty supplies collection, 1895, undated: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by gifts from the Pforzheimer Fund for the Schlesinger Library and Class of 1957 Schlesinger Library Fund.

Repository Details

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