DID YOU KNOW?

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SUNTAN LOTION WAS INVENTED RIGHT HERE, IN MIAMI!

…..well kind of.

Although the protective lotion was already invented in Europe, pharmacist and military airman, Benjamin Green, of Miami Beach, invented his own version in Miami in 1944 and later sold it to Coppertone.

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He used a greasy substance called “red vet pet” (red veterinary petrolatum) to protect himself and other soldiers from ultraviolet rays during World War II.
Heavy and unpleasant, it works primarily as a physical barrier between the skin and the sun.

After the war, Mr. Green mixed “red vet pet”, cocoa butter and coconut oil into a product that would eventually become Coppertone suntan cream.

Coppertone is the brand name for an American sunscreen, owned by Bayer, formerly Merck & Co., Inc.

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The company became famous in 1953 when it introduced the Coppertone girl, an advertisement showing a young blond topless girl in pigtails staring in surprise as a Boykin Spaniel puppy sneaks up behind her and pulls down her blue swimsuit bottom, revealing her bottom to have a lighter tone than the rest of her body.

One Response to “DID YOU KNOW?”

  1. Sheila Says:

    Wow !!!!
    Interesting story.

    Thank you.

    Like

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