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ALAS! NOSE RINGS ARE THE LATEST MODE
By Gene Morgan.
Mary had a It Jo ring.
It sure set off her clothes,
And everywhere that Mary went
She wore it in her nose!
Mrs. Grundy, society's leading
shock absorber, is due to get shocked
again. This time it's not the tango
nor the shadowgraph skirt.
It's the nose ring!
Naturally the mode originated in
Gayparee, France. The principal ex-
ponent of the nose ring, its most suc
cessful booster, is Mile. Polaire.
Polaire- is the party with the $50,
000 temperament and the two-bit
waistline,, who 'was billed in New
York last year as the ugliest actress
in the world. She was so ugly, de
clared her advance agent, that she
was positively fascinating. So every
body flocked to see her, and when
she counted her percentage of the
gate money she expressed herself in
perfect French as follows:
"Gee, it's great to be hidjus!"
During her Yankee engagement
Polaire introduced the fad of wearing,
yellow face powder. As a matter of
fact, yellow face powder was an
original American novelty, having,
been worn by Sioux chieftains when
Carlisle college was nothing but a
college yell. But, anyhow, Polaire
revived it so successfully that New
York women would have nothing In
complexion tints but the yaller flavor.
With this and their penciled eye
brows a lot of Gotham belles looked
like blonde Chink ladies.
If Polaire could Introduce the ochre'
niap dust with such striking ease, I
bet her victory with the nosering
will be swift and decisive. Jewelers
will be besieged by fashion's slaves,
eager to be outfitted with the orna
ment heretofore indigenous to Kaffir,
belles and prize hogs.
The nose is not pierced to accom
modate the new nasal hoop. So quell
your piercing screams, Nanette. The
ring clinches the division between the
two nostrils and hangs on the upper
lip. All the first gold models are
quite tiny. Our American spirit of
excess may Increase the diameter of
the rings until the Miss Dinerout will
have to act haughtily and hold up her
head so that no spinach will cling to
He bought a nice engagement ring,
But Love was forced to linger.
He has not dared since to propose,
For should he place it on her nose
Or hang it on her finger?
Nose rings might prove a boon to
shoppers if the trinkets were made
large enough and strong enough. A
tired bargain hunter might attach
her handbag to the ring and have all
of her arms for parcels. Besides, hav
ing the meshbag out there in front
would mean having her purse under
her nose all the time.
Husbands of prominent suffragets
are looking forward to the nose-ring
style with impatient eagerness. It