Compact, Dwight Eisenhower, 1950s

Compact, Dwight Eisenhower, 1950s

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Description
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.
Object Name
compact
associated person
Eisenhower, Dwight D.
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
ID Number
PL.227739.1952.X040
catalog number
227739.1952.X040
accession number
227739
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph E. Becker
subject
Political Campaigns
Presidential Campaign of 1952
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Exhibition
American Democracy
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I had been told by my mother that her father, Alva Sainsbury - Sainsbury Glass company located in R I- had discovered how to cut glass in oval/round shapes. She said that his glass company made the mirrors used in a telephone style compact that said "I like Ike". I was delighted to see a photo of it on this website! Could you please tell me if it contains any indication that it was indeed his mirror? Thank you!!!
"This item is currently on display at the Eisenhower Presidential Museum in Abilene, Kansas."

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