Mary Kay Vintage Compact

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After retiring from a sales job in 1963, Mary Kay Ash came up with her plan for a dream business that allowed women to succeed personally and financially. Using her $5,000 life savings, she founded cosmetics company Mary Kay in September 1963. The company employs more than three million women today.
This cosmetic palette is housed in a pink plastic box with a hinged lid that snaps closed. Inside the case, the top row consists of five round eye shadows in silver, green, gold, and darker shades of silver and gold. Below these is a mirror running the length of the case and an indentation with two plastic-handled brushes. “MARY KAY, INC.” is stamped on the pink handle of each brush. The bottom row in the case includes five round containers of lipstick in yellow, orange, gold, red, and a brighter orange.
date made
Mary Kay Inc.
place made
United States
Physical Description
plastic (container material)
wax (inside material)
powder (inside material)
wood (inside material)
hair (inside material)
overall: 2 3/8 in x 4 9/16 in x 3/4 in; 6.0325 cm x 11.58875 cm x 1.905 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Mary Kay Inc.
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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