Makeup Compact (early-mid 20th century)3D Model
This makeup compact was found during CAP investigations at the Brody Complex/Emmons Amphitheater. This part of campus was once the East Lansing Dump until the college expanded into this area.
The compact is made of a silver metal that is rusting and shows patina. Geometric lines decorate the outside of the compact. On the inside, is a faded mirror on one side and the original applicator and makeup powders on the other. Metal compacts such as these were the norm until the 1960s when plastic disposible compacts became available. Once the makeup was used up in these older metal compacts, replacements could be purchased and stored in the small compartment in the device.
For more information on this artifact and others related to cosmetics and beauty at MSU, check oput Mari Isa’s CAP blog post linked here!
Photogrammetric model made by Jack A. Biggs.
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