Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I’ve been fighting computer trouble. The new computer is now up and running, so I should be back in full force reasonably soon. To tide you over, a quick post about Coty. Coty has a rich history, established in Paris in 1904, initially launching a fragrance. The company introduced the classic Air-Spun face powder in 1914, bringing Coty into the word of cosmetics. By 1934, an estimated 36 million women bought Coty face powders worldwide.
You can read more about the company’s founder, Francois Coty, and some company history here. Coty’s confident signature became the company logo, gracing a range of perfumes, powders, and cosmetics.
Many of the company’s compacts have become highly collectible–most notably, the holiday-themed Sleigh Bells package. Often referred to as Jingle Bells, the case included both powder and rouge, with a tube of lipstick in the accompanying presentation box. I want one of these, but every time I have encountered one, it’s been in terrible condition – missing bells, cracked mirror, dented, etc. Or in good condition but well outside my spending limit. Someday, I’ll find the one I’m supposed to own.
The belt buckle pictured in the ad is another collectible piece, available in white or black. The envelope compact is also popular–they’re easy to find on auction websites. My favorite, however, is the Coty book. This simple goldtone rectangular compact was marketed as having enough room for a month’s supply of powder. I just like the design–it appeals to the bookworm in me.
The deco-style “Corsica” compacts came in different colors and configurations–bright red and a lovely aqua. It’s also easy to find the round goldtone compacts with Air-Spun powder, with a blue or pinkish plastic button at the center of the lid. These are a good start for the beginning collector…well-made, affordable pieces, definitely worth a look.