Avon display at the Buffalo Island Museum in Monette.
Buffalo Island Museum is displaying an Avon collectible exhibit May through June. The Avon Company was founded by David H. McConnell in 1886. He sold books door-to-door and decided to offer free perfume as an incentive to buy his books. He soon discovered that the ladies liked the perfume more than the books. During this time in our history, women were mainly confined to jobs in manufacturing or domestic services. McConnell recognized that women were natural salespeople who could relate to other women. The first "Avon Lady" was Mrs. P.F.E. Albee from Winchester, New Hampshire. He started his company with the "Little Dot Perfume Set" with the scents of Violet, White Rose, Heliotrope, Lily of the Valley, and Hyacinth. By the end of the first year he had nearly twenty different fragrances. The first novelty decanters were sold in the 1960's. The first glass car decanters started in 1968. Since then, there have been themes from animals to flowers to planes and trains. Now Avon sells jewelry, cosmetics, soaps, clothes, shoes, and all types of household goods. The exhibit at the museum features more than fifty Avon bottles of cars, stagecoach, boat, animals, plates, and many more. Many of these are almost fifty years old and are very rare. Thanks to Marjorie Simpson, Jerry Bates and other area Avon collectors for allowing the museum to show their collections. Buffalo Island Museum is open on Friday and Saturday
12:30-4:00. Admission is free.