Nose shaping tool from 1944.

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Beauty-conscious girls and young women in the 1940s tried to reshape their noses to make them more appealing. No joke. As this young girl from 1944 is showing us, nose shapers were a way to try to add saucy lift to the tip of one’s nose or smooth out a bump on one’s nose. So, did they work? In theory, they could work. Just think about how ancient cultures used to bind babies’ heads to elongate their skulls or put metal rings around women’s necks to make their necks longer. Still, to see any real changes, the nose shaper probably needed to be worn when the girl was very young and worn frequently enough to alter how the nose grew.

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