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Monday, April 27, 2015

Fan Toi by Fannie London c1920

Fan Toi by Fannie London: launched in 1920. It was a toiletry line that included perfume, bath salts, incense cones, bath powder.

It may have been named after a character named Fan Toy, the Opium Queen.


The Fan Toi products were housed in what I think are Heisey glass bottles and jars decorated with either gilding, black enamel trim or hand painted flowers or a combination of the two. The products were also presented in colorful pottery jars as well.

The National Drug Clerk, 1921:
Heretofore, containers for smelling salts have been filled liquids colored but with a variety of shades, lavender green, being among the most favored, but the Fan Toi Company, Bush Terminal Bldg, New York, has put a variety of colors on market which will please even most fastidious. At their salesrooms, they are showing red, old rose ,blue, green, yellow, purple, pink, and any color salts to match the gown. The salts are shown in cut glass flasks, running up to 8 ounces, different fancy shapes which are ornamental enough for any table." 

The American Perfumer and Essential Oil Review, Volume 16, 1922:
"Containers for smelling salts have been filled with liquids colored in a limited variety of shades, lavender and green being among those favored. In a new line of smelling salts just been produced by the Fan Toi Company, who are showing them to the trade in the Perfumery and Toilet Articles Division of the Bush Terminal Sales Building, the liquids containing the salts are brightly colored in many shades. Red, old rose, pink, orange, yellow, blue, purple, lavender, and American beauty red are some of the new shades. The salts are shown in cut glass flasks, running up to eight ounces, in different fancy shapes for the boudoir table. The price range for this larger boudoir size, which is filled with cubes of greater than the usual size, is $4 to $16 per dozen It is intended to put out a small size flask of the colored salts to retail at about thirty five cents and which can be carried in a lady's handbag."

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