Monday, 7 May 2012

A compact that is a little odd


Me and the boy are having a super long weekend together to celebrate his birthday and becoming a fully licensed social worker after passing his exam last week. As a result I'm flinging a scheduled post or two at you. And what would be better then one about compacts?

Sometimes you get compacts that are a little odd. The flight map upon this compact intrigues me more then anything. I won it on a lot on eBay. What attracted me was that it covered not only a somewhat map of the USA but that it featured three of the cities I'd already been to - Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago, plus some more that I one day want to be lucky enough to visit. It's vintage and has a vintage plane on it, what more could I want?!

The route shows what was a flight plan between Seattle to New York. Saying that - to me the map seems a little wrong. Geographically Chicago is after Detroit as the bird flies. Detroit lies between Chicago and Pittsburgh. But on this map - it's the other way around. Maybe I have it totally wrong?!

Additionally there's some green thing upon the compact. Don't get me wrong this compact, on the top at least has seen some use. Debates are out if the green was a map of the land or it's something that's been stuck on afterwards. Trying to remove the green sadly removes the flight map and plane. 

As with many of the souvenir compacts they tend to date from the 1950s and I figure this is most probably true of this one too. If I knew anything about planes this would have been useful to date it by. Sadly I'm not. The compact is goldtoned with one large framed mirror inside. Although the top has seen better days inside the compact is in great condition. While it's unmarked by brand it has two compartments each with their own puffs and flaps, one for powder which has a "made in USA" marked upon the bottom and another for rogue, the latter has remnants inside.

Don't you just love things that don't really add up sometimes?

31 comments:

  1. Such a gorgeous compact, I like the fact it's a little odd, it sure has plenty of character and detail xxx

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    1. Definitely! I always get a liking for the different sort of compacts, the ones that get overlooked a little sadly. I want to take them all home!

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  2. Hope he had a lovely birthday! That compact is really interesting, I like it

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  3. It's a cute compact, but it does appear to be a bit strange. I like that, though.

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    1. I'm getting to be a magpie for odd ones.

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  4. Man that looks so cool! I sorta think that the green stain is meant to be there tbf, but who knows! I love a good ol vintage find:) x

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    1. Yeah that;s what I thought at first. Its a confusing compact that is for sure!

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  5. I love the design of this one, its fun and memorable xx

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    1. I think that's why I love collecting place based compacts - they would have been brought for their memories and that really appeals to me.

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  6. I love how quirky this compact is! You are right, it goes - Chicago, Detroit, Pittsburgh. The outside cover is wonderful though. Sorry about the green. Hope you and your man have a wonderful time celebrating :]

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    1. It's so odd isn't it?! I can't tell if its meant to be like that or it's an error.

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  7. the design almost looks spray painted like stencil art really cute I love the plane!

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    1. I love how stylised the plane is.

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  8. Love this !
    Its so different :)

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    1. Yeah i've really never seen another like this.

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  9. I love it - its great all the vintage treasures you can find on ebay, I might have to head off on an ebay fix right now :)

    Gems x

    Fashion, Well Done

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    1. Ebay is so addictive for hunting out vintage bargains!

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  10. I like the ones with maps on best the are so sweet! x

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    1. I'm certainly going to keep collecting the map ones that's for sure!

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  11. Odd or not I think it's lovely. Thanks for sharing. x

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  12. The compact is beautiful!
    Love your blog, very inspiring, I am a Yorkshire girl too! =) Just been doing a little catch up of your posts and they're great to read. Now following you =)
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    1. Yey and thank you for being a new follower!

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  13. What a cute find! I have a new addiction to buying brooches on Ebay... dangerous! You won my giveaway so could you email your address to me on charis@charismagick.com & I'll post the earrings out to you!

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    1. eBay can be so bad at encouraging collections can't it?!

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  14. Hmm the map is a bit odd in terms of the Chicago/Detroit mix up, but it is very cute nonetheless!

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    1. Its oddness really appeals to me!

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  15. Rachael, you have an amazing collection of vintage compacts! It's so much fun collecting them. I haven't gotten a new one in ages. :(

    Love your blog by the way, informative and fabulous photos! I'm now a follower.

    Best,
    BD

    http://theloveofvintage.wordpress.com/2012/05/07/vintagecompacts/

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