Retrograde. Bamboozlement! More Bamboozlement!

Afghan Snow Cream, 1941

'Kyonki main Kali Hu!'

Smita Patil in Badle Ki Aag (1982)

Flawless
Snowlike Complexion
Ther's nothing so radiant, so soft, so pure as a complexion made lovely with AFGHAN SNOW.
This famous beauty product protects the skin against sun, wind and dust.

Asia's most famous Beauty Aid.

From FilmIndia magazine, 1941
-0-
If you look at the newspapers, you see advertisements for some cream called Afghan Snow or Fair and Lovely. And all these while women in Bollywood films! Ninety percent of the women in India are black. But, according to Bollywood, if yoou're not white, you're not beautiful. The risisng international popularity of Bollywood films worries me. Most of them reinforce some terrible, some very disempowering values.

poor people, the Dalits and the Adivasis, are mostly black. There's an apartheid system at work here, for anyone who cares to notice.
- The checkbook and the cruise missile: conversations with Arundhati Roy By David Barsamian, Arundhati Roy.

-0-

First produced in 1919, Afghan Snow was one of the biggest cream brand in India right till the late 70s. I don't recall seeing any ad for the cream recently in Newspapers but I do remember seeing ads for it (or some similar snow) on PTV about a decade back.

Their site offer an interesting story about how the brand got its name. On one of his visits to India, King Zahir of Afghanistan was presented with a hamper of E.S.Patanwala products, among the contents was a nameless jar of pearly white beauty cream. King is supposed to have exclaimed that the pearly whiteness of the cream reminds him of 'Afghan Snow'. And the nameless cream got a name.

The cream is claimed to be India's first beauty cream and the first beauty cream to be awarded the ISI mark by the Bureau of India standards (BIS).

-0-

5 comments:

  1. interesting, thou never heard abt it

    ReplyDelete
  2. Got this via email:
    Afghan snow was quite an expensive cream in the 70s and one of their competitor was a thing called 'Kiran Snow'.

    Also got a request:
    there was a thing called 'Angel Face' powder pack from Pond's.

    ReplyDelete
  3. can you tell me, now also this company produce this cream, or not, if this company produce this cream now, what is the name of a company, and if the company is not produce cream now tell me the reason of crisis

    ReplyDelete
  4. @ Ajmal (from Afghanistan)
    It is still produced in India by E.S.Patanwala (http://www.afghansnowindia.com/about.asp).

    ReplyDelete
  5. Afghan snow products are really very good especially the new range of petals.

    ReplyDelete

I always like to hear back :)
However, irrelevant comments and irrelevant links will not be published. Needless to say, same goes for abusive comment and spam. Leaving back links related to the topic is encouraged. I know it can be tempting but try not to leave your email ids, phone nos and CVs in the comment.

Creative Commons License This work is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. If you choose to use this or any part of this post on your site please link back to this page.

Categories

100 years of Indian Cinema (36) 1857 (1) 1930s (1) 1947 (19) 1947 print Ads (2) 1950s (1) 1982 (1) 1983 (1) 30s print Ads (1) 40s print Ads (6) 60s print Ads (3) 70s print Ads (52) 80s print Ads (24) A Diary Stolen (9) Ads from 90s n Y2Ks (12) Agra (9) Aldous Huxley (5) Allama Iqbal (3) Anna Akhmatova (3) art (2) Articles (25) Bagpipes (2) Bat-Ball (6) Begam Para (1) Blogging (34) Bookmarks (56) C 4 Computer (7) cartoons (2) Censorship (17) chori (1) Classic Indian Studio (5) Collage (35) Comics (20) Dev Anand (2) Dilli (25) Doordarshan Days (29) Eye Candy (69) Frivolous lol (33) game development (1) Gandhi (13) German Advertising Art (2) gurgaon (5) Guru Dutt (7) Hindi Chini (5) History (68) Hoarding (167) Indian Cinema (124) Indian Retro Television Ads (8) Indira (9) indo-pak (4) it is the 50s (1) it is the 60s (6) it is the 70s (19) it is the 80s (18) it is the 90s (7) Jungle Book (12) Kochi (2) Madhubala (2) maps (2) mario miranda (4) Meena Kumari (8) Million Gods (33) Movies (21) Mumbai (6) mumtaz (1) Music (62) Musings (7) Mussoorie (1) Nargis (1) News That Was (8) Nostalgia (29) Outlinks (16) Pandit Nehru (15) parveen babi (4) phasion (3) Photos (98) Plain weird Query (3) Poems Verses Whatever (43) Projects (3) Quests (4) Radio Ga Ga (11) Raja Harischandra (1) rastay ka maal satay may (2) roos (1) Sari Ads (5) Selected Nonsense (53) snake fest (4) Tibet (5) tona totka (1) Trip to Kashmir (5) Tube You (63) Urdu Poets (8) Vintage Indian Print Ads (97) Walls (5) Who are these people? (14) who mashes up gods? (25) Word Talk (4) Zeenat Aman (13)