Several months ago, my friend's mom sent him home with a little bag of vintage goodies to pass along to me (something that has happened more than once and has been awesome every time...thank you, Cyd!). And inside, amid some lovely linens, was this beautiful old compact that I immediately fell in love with.
The first thing I noticed was the little anchor and USN on the front, which told me this little lady was probably from the WWII era, but I thought maybe it was something given to the nurses. A little Googling told me these are actually sweetheart compacts, given to the ladies of the navy men serving in the war.
They came in all shapes and sizes (some even heart-shaped!), and with different cosmetics in them. Mine has one for blush and one for powder, and on the end a little compartment pulls out that used to house lipstick!
The romantic in me has been wishing I knew the story behind this compact. Was it a boyfriend to a girlfriend? Husband to wife? Were they reunited after the war? (I know, I know...I'm a sap...don't judge.) :)
Do any of you have one of these that you either thrifted or inherited from a grandparent maybe? I'm going to try and find some cosmetic inserts that can fit into this one so I can use it. Any ideas on where to look?