Punta Gorda, British Honduras, c. 1938

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Umuahia, Nigeria, 1950

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“To the Mystic Perfume” — one of my favorite curiously addressed de Laurence covers. The company sold various perfumes, including the famous “Vale of Kashmar,” said to “possess wonderful power to attract the Good Spirits and banish the Evil Ones, and for this reason is now generally used in all invocations.” It was a fragrance imported by Vantine’s of New York and rebranded by de Laurence.