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Author Manko, Katina,
Title Ding dong! Avon calling! : the women and men of Avon Products, Incorporated / Katina Manko.
Imprint New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021]

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Author Manko, Katina,
Subject Avon Products, Inc.
Cosmetics industry -- United States -- History.
Selling -- Cosmetics -- United States -- History.
Direct selling -- United States -- History.
Women sales personnel -- United States -- History.
Description 1 online resource (x, 285 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary ""Ding Dong! Avon Calling!" A whole generation of Americans can sing those words to the tune of a two-chime doorbell. The Avon Lady was made famous in the 1950s by the legion of suburban women who rang doorbells and gave away tiny lipstick samples shaped like bullets. Some would know the Avon Lady through a stack of catalogs left in a staff lounge or on a counter at the beauty shop. Today, the Avon Lady most likely appears as an e-representative through a webpage who, if requested, will personally deliver beauty and cosmetics products right to your door. The Avon Lady is a company representative who sells lipsticks and lotions, eye shadows and mascara, shampoo and perfume. She is an independent contractor, so she keeps a portion of her sales as commission and can build her business as big or as small as she wants. A woman in business, the Avon Lady serves as a model to test assumptions about what business is, what an entrepreneur does, how managers work, and what economic independence looks like. This book is a women's business history about a company that promoted women as entrepreneurs, not merely consumers. While Avon, known as the California Perfume Company during the first fifty years of its history, sold cosmetics and beauty products, this book is not about the products themselves. It instead focuses on the hundreds of thousands of women who owned their own businesses selling those products"-- Provided by publisher.
Note Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 14, 2021).
ISBN 9780190499853 electronic book
0190499850 electronic book
0190499842 electronic book
9780190499839 electronic book
0190499834 electronic book
9780190499846 (electronic bk.)
9780190499822 hardcover
OCLC # 1235902393
Additional Format Print version: Manko, Katina. Ding dong! Avon calling! New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2021] 9780190499822 (DLC) 2020058276

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