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Frances Denney


The story of Frances Denney is as beautiful and endearing as any historical novel. It spans over 100 years, 4 wars and 3 generations of a family. It is the story of a dream, persistently sought after and attained. Frances Cunningham, a pretty Irish Girl from Drogheda, Ireland broke with the stereotypes of the late 1800s and enrolled in Trinity College in Dublin. She became the first woman to graduate with a degree in chemistry. Shortly after sailing to the United States, she combined her knowledge of chemistry with a spirit of innovation and created a new industry by opening a fashionable salon in Philadelphia in 1897. Coincidentally, the day her salon opened, she was celebrating not only her own birthday but also the birth of the first Cosmetic House in America. She and husband William Denney would have much more to celebrate. While most cosmetics of the period did no more than cover the skin, Frances Denney introduced the first Regimen for Skin Care, 'Cleanse, Freshen and Lubricate'. Her superb formulas were sought out for their exceptional beauty dividends as well as the small investment in the time that was needed to attain these beautiful results.

In 1910 Frances Denney became the first to open a salon in a retail department store, the prestigious John Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. Frances Denney's eldest son entered the family business in 1928 and was followed by his brother and sister. At about this time, Frances began to diminish her role in the business and ultimately retired in 1938 at the age of 74. Today, Frances Denney's parent company is publicly held and is listed on the American Stock Exchange. The specialists who continue Frances Denney's work share her extraordinary vision and high standards. Each Denney Creation is born of painstaking research and the very finest ingredients to support your skin lovingly - at any age. We invite you to experience the satisfaction and dramatic benefits that are brought to you by Frances Denney cosmetics, treatments and fragrances.

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