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photoThe Resources section of our website provides a variety of materials that may be helpful to students, educators, and anyone with an interest in delving a bit deeper into the ideas behind the story told in The Powder & the Glory.


  • Bibliography—books and articles on Helena Rubinstein, Elizabeth Arden, and the times in which they lived and built their businesses
  • Timeline—graphic laying out the Arden and Rubinstein histories along with contemporaneous developments in their industry and the world
  • Articles—short documents including excerpts from the film script supplemented by additional material from interviews conducted by the producers, and focusing on different elements of the story


The New Woman
(suggested uses: Women’s Studies, Social and Cultural History)

Use of Chemists
(suggested uses: Business & Entrepreneurship, Cosmetics History)

Helena Rubinstein, Elizabeth Arden, and Filene’s Department Store
(suggested uses: Business & Entrepreneurship, Social and Cultural History)

Pricing and the Arden and Rubinstein Brands
(suggested uses: Business & Entrepreneurship, Social and Cultural History)


  • Opening still from The Powder & the Glory,
    Photos courtesy Elizabeth Arden Archives and Helena Rubinstein Foundation; montage by Matt Garneau

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The Powder & the Glory is presented on PBS by South Carolina ETV