Richard Hudnut Lipstick Case

Description
This silver metal case contained Richard Hudnut’s “permanent lipstick,” likely made around the 1920s. Metal lipstick cases began to replace paper wrapping in 1915, and William G. Kendall patented the sliding mechanism that extended the lipstick in 1917.
Richard Hudnut was one of the first American cosmetic manufacturers, selling his perfumes and cosmetics from his father’s New York pharmacy at a time when perfumeries from Paris were in vogue. In 1889 he organized R. Hudnuts Pharmacy, Inc., to continue selling his perfumes. His products became exceptionally popular, selling in department stores as well as pharmacies.
Object Name
lipstick case
date made
1920-1950
maker
Richard Hudnut
ID Number
1990.0295.003
accession number
1990.0295
catalog number
1992.0295.3
subject
Family & Social Life
Cultures & Communities
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Costume
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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