a Linc-o-lin hand cream bottle on sale for $12 on “Find Great Stuff”
Most of the hand-shaped bottles we’ve noted in the past have been modeled to resemble a man’s hand. These branding gestures typically expressed some degree of aggression. (The Mennen Skin Bracer “Slap Bottle” | the clenched fist bottles | the ‘uncompromising’ middle finger bottle…)
The Linc-o-lin hand cream bottle [on the other hand] was shaped like a woman’s hand in repose.
British manufacturer, Eric Lincoln applied to patent his design for the hand-shaped plastic bottle in 1966, although the hand cream was sold in this bottle as early as 1961, judging from Linc-o-lin advertising in The Chemist and Druggist magazine.
We also discover from early issues of that publication, that the hand lotion came in two sizes.
a set of two Linc-o-lin hand cream bottles (both sizes) for sale on Etsy for $35
You may notice that there is not a lot of branding on the outside of these bottles. “Did they come in box?” you ask. Well, yes, they did. Thank you for asking…
Windowed pack of each size Linc-o-lin hand cream “hand” container, the larger in Irish trimmed handkerchief (Lincoln Chemicals., Ltd.
The Chemist and Druggist magazine, 1961
Manufactured in Britain, Lincoln also exported his hand cream to the United States as mentioned in this clipping with the subhead “Hold Your Hand” from a 1966 issue of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette …
While pink seems to have been the color most frequently used for these bottles, there was also a blue variant. (Wonder what was different about the contents of Linc-o-lin blue…)
Regarding Eric Lincoln, the man, we haven’t turned up too much about his life.
His factories seem to have mainly employed women, and judging from occasional press coverage like this “Holiday for the Boss” squib (again, from C&D magazine), he appears to have been a well-liked employer—by his “girls”…
Meanwhile, here’s that patent that he obtained in 1967…