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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Donna Lee Perfumes

Donna Lee Perfumes was established around 1920 by Donna Lee Thompson. Known as the "Flower in the Bottle" Perfume shop. I think she partnered up with John Blocki, who was the originator of the "Flower in the Bottle" perfumes.

Popular products from Donna Lee are her:

  • Bouquet Deodorant

People with delicate sensibilities garnished their car with a device called the Donna Lee Automobile Disseminator— a porous vase guaranteed, according to Sears, to fill the car with a "faint clean odor of lavender." The Donna-Lee Automobile Disseminator. Made of a porous composition. An opening at the top holds a small quantity of liquid perfume which is absorbed by the porous vase in 5 minutes.

La Fleur Perfume Plaquettes
A novel and most delightful manner of imparting to Lingerie, Kerrchiefs, and Linens, the elusive fragrance so desired by women of refinement. The Purchaser is cautioned against inferior imitations made in the same design but of Plaster of Paris. La Fleur Placquettes are made of a special composition the formula which is secret, Their unique composition causes the Odeur to endure indefinitely. To revive odeur pour on a few drops of La Fleur Oil. This is a Pure Oil and is not diluted with alcohol. Persons of discrimination will note the consummate effect of La Fleur and will not be mislead by imitations. Remember! There are none genuine without the label- La Fleur Placquettes.

“When my Fragrance lessens,
put me in a Cup,
Pour on Donna Lee Perfume.
See me drink it up!
All that’s left pour back with Heed,
Cork and keep for future need!”

“Mind Your Linens
and your Laces,
Tuck this little Gift away;
For a long while may the traces of
its dainty fragrance stay,-
and whenever you scent or see,
turn a happy thought to me!”

Her perfumes were sold at three locations:

  • 17 N. State Street Chicago
  • Suite 1515, Stevens Building, Chicago
  • Fifield's store at 816 Nicolette Ave, Chicago

Her perfumes were still being sold in 1933.

A 1920 ad reads:

"Complete Line of Toilet Requisites and Perfumes 
Look for the Flower in the Bottle
Donna Lee Thompson "

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