Way Back Wednesday: 1930 Cutex Five Minute Set and the Giveaway Winner!

I found this on a weekend drive. It was in a consignment shop, in a tiny town, on a 2 lane windy hilly highway, in the midwest's beautiful wine country. The price was right and from the moment I saw it, I knew it was something I'd never see again, a great conversation piece, a great piece of decoration for a very girly room and perfect for someone like me who loves old things.

The name of the post says a lot- but pictures say so much more, so lets get onto them, yes?

The top of the metal container.

The front.

The bottom of the case (excuse my reflection). Apparently someone at some point bought this for $1.00. :)

What I saw when I opened it.

Under the pamplet.

I wanted to type 'the coolest thing in here' but then I realized I want to say that about everything thing in here.

It's actually full to the black line I added- maybe a bit more!

Don't worry, I don't plan on using it- would you?

The top of the cork.

I don't think either of these items are original to the set. I'm not even sure what the ivory piece is for! The other piece is sterling silver and very pretty, I plan on polishing it. 

The front of the pamplet.

Now page by page :)

This is the description of what was in this set originally, it's posted above on page 10.

The picture of the original set in the pamplet, shown on the page above as well.

The last page! Do you see the year? We have a winner who guessed the exact year! :) Congratulations to Happygrape- and thank you to everyone that played along and guessed!

Thank you so much for reading my posts.

Tell me what you think about today's featured item- would you have bought it if you came across it? Have you seen anything like it before? 


BeautyScraps said...

I am a new follower :) This set is so cool! I have never seen anything like it, but if I did I think I would have to buy it, too! Thanks for sharing it!

Gia said...

Thank you so much for following! Neither had I, I'm glad someone feels the same way!

turq said...

I love this, if I seen it I would buy it. I have never seen anything like it, I seen/read it says there were several different sets(with different things in them) This set is so cute, you sure don't find things like this anymore. Thanks for sharing!
Donna D

Gia said...

You are right, you don't see things like this anymore. I couldn't believe my eyes when I looked in the case! I was worried this was too picture heavy but went ahead and posted anyway so everyone could read the pamphlet if they wanted to.

Allie said...

This is so interesting! I really enjoyed reading it :)

Gia said...

I'm glad you liked it! Thanks!

Melody said...

Wow polish came in cakes, paste and powder. Liquid polish was new in 1930. I read somewhere that later in the 30's Cutex made green, blue, black and gold polish. It's funny it took so long for those colors to become popular.

I wish Cutex woulds reissue these sets all the way now to the glass bottles. The actual products should be modern formulas though.

Tini said...

This is an awesome find! What a great conversation piece!

emlocke said...

I feel like this kind of artifact lends new credence to my nail polish obsession. It's so interesting to see the history of the product itself and its marketing and packaging.

Gia said...

Wouldn't it be great to have such a beautiful set to use as you sit down to treat yourself to a manicure?

I noticed the cakes pastes and powders as well! I wanted to go more in depth on what I noticed while reading the pamphlet but kind of rushed in posting. I may dedicate another post to this part of it in the future!

Gia said...

Thank you! I was so excited when I found it!

Gia said...

When I saw this in the display, I felt there was very little chance that anyone coming through this little store would think it was as special as I did. I also wanted the chance to share it with so many other polish lovers. I wish we had the opportunity to purchase something made with such quality. This is 82 years old and still beautiful!

Melody said...

Please do another post later. Now that I read it a second time I have noticed other things as well.

PolishPixelle said...

Thanks for sharing your find! Fascinating!

rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued) said...

Exciting! I love old things :)

CharlieDBeauty said...

Wow what an amazing find! I've never seen anything like this, I defo would have bought it. It's such a shame they don't make items like this anymore, I would love to use a set like this (obviously not 82year old products, new ones lol) x :-)

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