Compact, Dwight Eisenhower, 1950s


Compacts are small cases containing a mirror, face powder, and a puff that are designed to fit in women’s purses. This one, made to resemble a rotary telephone dial, was marketed to both Republican and Democratic women. The compact promoting Republican presidential candidate Dwight Eisenhower featured his famous campaign slogan and a map of the country symbolizing that, no matter where you might call, everyone liked Ike. The compact for Democratic nominee Adlai Stevenson used the letters of his last name. The majority of voters did like Ike—Eisenhower defeated Stevenson in 1952 and again in 1956.

Associated Person: Eisenhower, Dwight D.

Location: Currently not on view

General Subject Association: Political CampaignsRelated Event: Presidential Campaign of 1952


See more items in: Political and Military History: Political History, Campaign Collection, Government, Politics, and Reform, American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith


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Credit Line: Gift of Ralph E. Becker Collection of Political Americana

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: PL.227739.1952.X040Catalog Number: 227739.1952.X040Accession Number: 227739

Object Name: compact

Physical Description: white (overall color)metal (overall material)golden (overall color)blue (overall color)Measurements: overall: 1/2 in x 3 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 8.89 cm


Record Id: nmah_491726

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