If you’ve ever read an article on where to find vintage items,the you’ve surely run across the bit of advice to check with family members and friends to see if there is some old fantastic rag lurking in their attic, forgotten and unappreciated. And you should let everyone you know in on the secret that you are willing to take these lonely items off their hands.
As an example, take this Coty Cosmetics kit:
This sweet set originally belonged to the mother of dh’s cousin’s husband’s father (follow me?) She received it as a gift from her son in 1929, and for some reason, never used, or even opened any of the contents. That son is now 91 years old, and his son was looking for good homes for some of the old things in the house. The toiletries set brought me to mind, as he knew about my collection of old clothes and such.
So, don’t be shy; let your friends and relatives know about your obsession with vintage whatevers. You just never know what is hiding in those closets and attics.
Here are closeups of the talc tin and the powder box. I know the set was bought in 1929, and it had to have been made after 1926, as the powder is Coty’s Air Spun, which was introduced that year. I say this because this was bought in a small city drug store, and had possibly been on the shelves a while. All the 1929 ads I could find for Coty’s Paris line had a different, less graphic, packaging.
From a 1929 Sears’ catalog:
“Perfume of Gaiety” The rhythmic joy of life sparkles aflame in Paris Perfume.
Posted by ++f+:
oh wow these are precious.
Friday, June 25th 2010 @ 7:13 PM
Posted by Em:
Oh, this set is just too beautiful!
Saturday, June 26th 2010 @ 9:00 AM
Posted by Diane:
What a treasure! Does the perfume and talc still smell sweet?
Saturday, June 26th 2010 @ 5:53 PM
Posted by Lizzie:
Yes, the fragrance is still there. Hard to believe after 81 years!
Saturday, June 26th 2010 @ 6:41 PM
Its gorgeous! What a treasure! I just love the colors.
Saturday, June 26th 2010 @ 8:35 PM
Posted by KeLLy Ann:
wOOhOO! Christmas came early for You.
I love toiletries. All those little bottles and cool packaging.
Congrats to you
Sunday, June 27th 2010 @ 3:58 PM
I love the pattern on the top of the box, such a pretty color!
Monday, June 28th 2010 @ 8:07 PM