Apparently the broken jar on the left was found on the island of Nikumaroro where Earhart and her navigator Fred Noonan may have landed after their plane lost contact with the local bases and was presumed lost at sea during Earhart’s ill-fated final voyage in 1937
The significance being, Earhart had freckles and didn’t like them, and so may well have used an anti-freckle cream of the kind that came in jars just like this in the 1930s – a more intact specimen of same is there on the right. Here’s more about it from the Anomalist:
The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), has made several expeditions to Nikumaroro, an uninhabited island in the Republic of Kiribati where the skeletal remains of an apparent castaway were discovered in 1940. There they’ve uncovered artifacts that could very well point to Earhart and Noonan’s survival on the island. Among them is a shattered jar that appears identical to jars used for Dr. C. H Berry’s Freckle Ointment, an early 20th century cream that claimed to fade freckles. Earhart was known to dislike her own freckles and may have well used the cream in an attempt to remove them.
Since the skeletal remains and other artifacts found in 1940 — including part of a man’s shoe and part of a woman’s shoe — were lost, researchers hoping to close the lid on the Earhart disappearance have to rely on more recently discovered artifacts. Much glassware has been discovered on Nikumaroro, but some of it can be explained by US Coast Guard visits to the island. However, TIGHAR has found some glass containers in a campfire that were heat damaged at the bottom but not the top, suggesting that they were used by castaways to boil water. TIGHAR is also especially interested in artifacts that would have been used only by women, such as a bottle that appears to be Campana Italian Balm, a hand lotion commonly used by American women in the 1930s, and what appears to be a small cosmetics jar.
This July, TIGHAR plans to launch Niku 7, its latest mission to Nikumaroro, to investigate photographic evidence of what might be an aircraft. In the meantime, researchers stateside will continue to analyze the bone fragments and artifacts found during previous missions.
Now I’m haunted by the image of Amelia spending her last days sitting under a tree applying Italian hand balm and freckle creme and hoping she doesn’t burn too badly so she’ll look nice in all the Movietone footage of the rescue.
Probably not,right? Even supposing the bottle was hers and she really did die on that island, she and Noonan were just busy trying to stay alive in those last days, and weren’t grooming themselves in expectation of celebrity rescue pics. Were they?
Cuz that would just be too horrible somehow.