So the Victorian period brought a lot of social and economic changes to (Western) society, including the rise of what we’d now recognise as the branded product. That is, the industrialised packaging and sale of a particular good, differentiated from other goods based on an identifier of the person or company doing the packaging.

Then, as now, it wasn’t uncommon for people to slap their portraits on the boxes of whatever it is they were making. The first woman to do this was apparently the apothecary (back when those were still a thing) Lydia E. Pinkham.

Can you guess what the public’s reaction to seeing a woman’s face on a product was?

bet you can!