United States: c.1885. A most charming and humorous mechanical: when the tab is pulled, the young lady applies copious amounts of rouge to her cheeks in front of her mirror. The verse below decries the amount of makeup young ladies wear to obscure their natural features: "False are the roses at bloom on your features / And I fear 'tis the same with many fair creatures / Powder, false tresses, and rouge I'll be bound, / Goes a long way in humbugging people around."
Lace paper bifolium (6.75" by 4.5") with hand-colored lithograph on first leaf recto, string and tab mechanism hidden beneath first leaf. Very good. Minor toning, dust soiling, wear to tab.