1930s - 40s WOMEN'S NAIL CARE TRAVEL KIT
On a crisp Chicago winter morning in 1939, twenty-year-old Sally Pritchard, stepped onto the Great Northern “Empire Builder” train car with one small suitcase in hand. The petite redhead slowly walked down the isle until she found a window seat. Before she stowed her suitcase, she positioned it on her lap and unlatched it. She pulled out a small blue case, unsnapped it and opened it to reveal a manicure set with each tool secured in fabric loops on a bright red fabric background. She went to work on her nails easing her nerves as the train began to lurch forward , the sound of the wheels clanking on the rails went faster and faster. Sally watched out the window as the Windy City’s skyline faded from view. She was struck by the metaphor that the view painted--she had grown up in Chicago and now that life was fading away. In a couple of days she would begin a new life in Spokane, Washington where she was to marry her high school sweetheart Glen Buckner, who had recently secured a job as a manager at the Crescent Department store in Spokane. “A gal has to have swell looking nails, even in Spokane.” she thought to herself as she closed up finished up the and stowed the case in her suitcase.
Here's a sweet circa 1930s-40s traveling manicure set. It would make a fun display piece for a dressing table or in a bathroom. Three of the tools have pearlescent green celluloid handles and one of the files has yellow handle. The dark blue faux leather case is 6" X 3" when closed and folds out to 6" X 8" and includes two flaps that fold over the tools. The tools are held in place by two fabric ribbons.
Tools Included are:
1 - 3.75" long nail buffer
2 - metal files/cuticle tools
1 - metal cuticle tool
1 - green celluloid cuticle tool
1 - green celluloid handled button hook
1 - fold-out file with yellow celluloid handle
1 - wood cuticle stick
This set is pretty good shape considering its age. Some of the metal tools have some rust spots. The celluloid on the handles is in great shape with no cracks or chips. The nail buffer pad is pretty worn. The leatherette case has some wear on the corners and the snap is a little torn around where it is seat but you can still snap it shut.The inside fabric is a little faded but free of rips or holes.
You might also consider this similar set: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111108913/celluloid-manicure-set-with-pigskin-case
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