Before we get to Madge, though: the Doge Cream. It was named for the Venetian title doge - roughly equivalent to a duke in English. The almond oil based cream was supposed to be "prepared from a secret and priceless Venetian recipe."
|1926 ad on Flickr|
The company also sold Zec-Kol Ointment and Zec-Kol Toilet Soap and had done so since the early 1920s. My Google Books sources say that Zykol was a British version of Lysol. Fun fact: in the early and mid 20th century, Lysol was marketed not as a household cleanser but as a personal cleansing/disinfecting product, as bizarre as that sounds to us today. It sounds like Zee-Kol/Zykol/Zec-Kol was the same sort of thing.
Venetian ladies were indeed renowned for their beautiful complexions. Venetian soap was an olive oil soap - it was also called Castile soap. It was a common ingredient in Victorian recipes for face washes and preparations. In 1837 one beauty guide advised that if you wanted clear skin, you must mix Venetian soap, lemon juice, and almond oil and apply it to your face. A recipe for Milk of Roses in 1872 included Venetian soap, almonds, wine and rose water. Doge Cream was probably similar. I don't know if it had any Zeekol in it, though.
Madge Titheradge (1887-1961) was born in Australia to a theatrical family, and was known for playing Peter Pan in London in 1914. She also appeared in a couple of silent movies and in plays by Ibsen, Noel Coward and Shakespeare.
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