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Avon was one of the most popular sources of independent income for housewives in America. In 1954, Avon launched it's own version of the Tupperware party with it's classic "Ding Dong, Avon Calling" campaign that would run successfully for 13 years.

By 1978, Avon had 1 million reps selling everything from lipstick to perfume door-to-door and in living rooms across America.

Representatives received miniature samples of each product, one of the most iconic pieces being the Tiffany blue lipstick box.

Today, times have changed and the number of North American "reps" has fallen. After years of falling sales, Avon sold most of its north American business to its biggest investor, Cerberus Capital.

Although the days of the Tiffany blue lipstick samples are long behind us, who else remembers?

[h/t CNBC / Reuters/ Envisioning the American Dream]

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