It’s no secret that vendors of perfume and vanity items play upon our fantasies. This is an occasional series of articles on various youthful fantasies that are explored through perfume bottles and vanity items.
If your collection includes an item that applies to these themes, please submit them to our Virtual Museum, and we will add them to these pages. See Submission Guidelines.
Have you ever fantasized about being a princess or a knight in shining armor? This month we’ll be taking another time travel adventure – back to the Middle Ages to explore castles, visit with the King and Queen, […]
Have you dreamt of traveling back in time to ancient Greece and Rome? To experience those amazing structures in their heyday, that now exist only in preserved ruins? (Well, maybe with what we know now, you might not […]
Have you ever dreamt of traveling to India? India is much more than the home of the Taj Mahal, and Hindu gods with multiple pairs of arms. It was once conquered by the Mughals (Moors), and so features […]
Let’s go back in time to the Tales of 1001 Arabian Nights! What visions come into your head? Sultans in their turbans with ballooning pants and a scimitar tucked into their waist? Maidens with diaphanous veils dancing in […]
Have you ever dreamed of touring the Orient? Seeing the pagodas and temple shrines with their Buddha statues? Participating in a traditional tea ceremony with a beautifully dressed Geisha? Perhaps purchasing a souvenir Chinese dragon, Mah Jongg game, […]
Come be a spectator in the IPBA Horse Show! Horses are used as a motif in perfume and vanity items and their advertising. Can you guess the message being conveyed by each horse? By each rider? Is it […]
Have you ever dreamed of visiting Holland? Seeing the picturesque seaside town, windmills, fields of flowering tulips, and wondering how anyone ever wore those wooden shoes? Take a tour through Holland with us to see those windmills, sailing […]
All dog owners are proud of their dogs, but have you ever considered entering your fur-baby in a dog show? What a fantasy – to walk your dog into the arena, all brushed and fluffed and looking fine, […]
Have you ever dreamt of being an antique car collector like Jay Leno (180 cars and 161 motorcycles), William Harrah (former Reno casino owner who at one time had a museum with 1,450 cars), or Dirk Pitt (fictional […]
Pick one of our pairs of binoculars, and then let’s go birdwatching! In addition to our large flock of doves, we have baby chicks, birds of paradise, bluebirds, budgies, cockatoos, eagles, flamingos, geese, hummingbirds, kingfishers, ostriches, owls, parakeets, […]
Have you ever dreamt of traveling to Egypt? Are you inspired by elegant Egyptian-themed perfume bottles? Want to ride a camel, see the Sphinx and the pyramids, maybe even buy a local perfume bottle? We still can’t do […]
Have you ever fantasized about decorating a dollhouse with perfume and vanity items? Two of our IPBA members have actually created them. Helen Farnsworth’s four-story dollhouse is pictured above, and Carol Caslow’s dollhouse is described in detail in […]
Did you ever fantasize about running away to join the circus? If so, our perfume and vanity item circus is for you! It features a trapeze artist, tightrope walker, jugglers, mime, a sword swallower, animal acts, lions, elephants, […]
A tisket, a tasket, what’s in your Easter Basket? There are plenty of bunnies, eggs and chicks, but are they chocolate or perfume?? Come see what’s in our Easter Basket!
Have you ever dreamt of traveling to see the sights of Paris? This is definitely a fantasy as we cannot currently travel due to the pandemic. How about time travel to Paris in the 1920’s? Paris after WW […]
Did you ever wish that cute boy or girl in your class would notice you? Or would ask to be your Valentine? Or wish that your significant other would gift you with a perfume or vanity item Valentine? […]
Did you ever dream of being a ballerina? Or dancing in the New Year at a ball? Unfortunately with the pandemic, we were not able to go to parties and dance in the New Year for 2021. However […]
Boys and girls of all ages (from 1 to 99) have a lot of fantasies and expectations around Christmas and the winter holidays. There is skiing; sledding; decorating the tree and the house; wrapping presents; baking cookies; caroling; […]
Passion can be inspired by both music and perfume. Many perfume bottles, presentations, and perfume advertisements play upon a musical theme. Instruments depicted include pianos, violins, cellos, harps, drums, cymbals, guitar, trumpet, accordion, and more … Did you […]
Were you ever fascinated by bugs as a child? Have you ever stared in wonder at the beautiful patterns on a butterfly’s wings, or the iridescence of the wings of a dragonfly or cicada? Well, a surprising number […]
Many the youth has dreamed of being a marine biologist, catching “the big one”, exploring coral reefs, being a sea captain, or hearing the siren song of a mermaid. The following examples from our Virtual Museum explore how […]
Many a youth has dreamed of studying the stars or exploring space. The following examples from our Virtual Museum explore how perfumes and vanity items play upon these fantasies.