Thursday, February 3, 2011

AVON Marvellous History

The roots of Avon can be traced back to 1886, when founder, David H. McConnell, of New York city, discovered that the rose oil perfumes he was giving away were the reason people were buying his books.

Known in those days as The California Perfume Company, the business quickly prospered and Mr. McConnell appointed his first General Agent, Mrs. Albee. At a time before women even had the right to vote, Mrs. Albee was instrumental in establishing the unique sales method that continues to be Avon's hallmark today. 

In 1914, the California Perfume Company opened its first overseas office in Montreal, Canada.

David H. McConnell had aspirations to expand his company overseas and recognized the need to change the company name. Having been enchanted by the beauty of Stratford upon Avon during a visit to England, David McConnell was inspired, and in 1939 he chose the name 'Avon' for his growing international company.