Vintage Perfume: Penner House, California, 1938


This photograph shows a vanity designed by Paul T. Frankl, who furnished the Los Angeles home of comedian and radio personality Joe Penner and his wife Eleanor in 1938. It’s a classic piece of Art Deco design and, best of all, it displays more than two dozen perfume bottles.

I see Vol de Nuit, Shalimar, and Liu (Mrs. Penner was apparently a Guerlain-lover!), Bellodgia by Caron, and Cassandra by Weil. I’m sure I’ll identify a few more bottles as I keep studying this photo. Can you name any?

Image: Paul T. Frankl, vanity in Penner House, Holmby Hills, California, 1938. Reproduced in Christopher Long, Paul T. Frankl and Modern American Design, 2007.


10 thoughts on “Vintage Perfume: Penner House, California, 1938

  1. I see Sous le Vent and Vega, second and third from the right, respectively. This person must have been a real Guerlain fan! That might be a Coty (Chypre, perhaps), back left, and to the right of the vase in the back row, I’m guessing Maderas de Oriente in the “step” bottle.

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