On deodorants and superfluous hair

The Women’s Department of The Queenslander – 6 December 1919 attracted advertisements that could have dented the self-esteem of any modern woman. ¬†With the exception of a request from the Mitchell Library for the diaries of soldiers returned from World War I, the page is full of products designed to remedy the short-comings of being overweight, having superfluous or grey hair, hysteria, excessive perspiration, lice, ringworm and any number of undefined ‘female’ maladies.