The Ultimate Reference for American Compacts of the Art Deco Era

The Ultimate Reference for American Compacts of the Art Deco Era


The Art of Elgin American, J.M. Fisher, and Others by Howard W. Melton and Michael A. Mont

America’s Beautiful and Artistic Compacts from the Early Art Deco Era, the 1920s through the early 1930s
1120 Stunning Color Photographs
History and Catalog of Elgin American and J. M. Fisher Compacts from the Early 1920s through the Early 1930s
Survey of Art Deco Compacts by other Major Manufacturers
A Book for Everyone Interested in American Design,
Fashion, Art, and Jewelry of the Early Art Deco Era

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In the late 1920s and early 1930s, American manufacturers created a stunning variety of powder compacts reflecting the modern design concepts of what we now call Art Deco. The advent of the Great Depression had a devastating effect on the producers of these beautiful compacts. Many manufacturers either went out of business or merged with other companies. The book includes comprehensive coverage of the Art Deco compacts produced by Elgin American and J. M. Fisher as well as a survey of Art Deco compacts produced by other American manufacturers of this era including Evans Case Company; the Girey Company; Marathon Company; Pilcher Manufacturing Company; the Richard Hudnut Corporation; Ripley & Gowen Company; Theodore W. Foster & Bros. Co.; Volupte, Inc.; and others. The book includes 1120 color photographs, historical information relating to the emergence of powder compacts and Art Deco design, historical information concerning American compact manufacturers of this era, an extensive bibliography, and other reference materials.

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