Thursday, 10 March 2011


Pennsylvania has become a little hope for the future. It's weird to say that especially since i've never been myself. It's the Joe's home state and i'll admit until dating and falling in love with him - i'd never heard of the place. And to be honest it is a little unknown somewhat state under New York, across from Washington and somewhere under Lake Erie. The state is famous for Hershey, or having the site of the 1776 declaration of Independence and being home to the Philly Steak or cheese steak depending on where your from and what your menu calls it. Not only is it's Joe's home state but it's the location for hopefully our first road trip up into the Laurel mountains and where we hope to have our honeymoon. 

This vintage powder compact was another Christmas gift from Joe I know, I know he spoils me totally it's perfect really - something, a place and a region that means something to him and something that I collect and it's something we stumbled over on Ebay together. 

The compacts cover is complete with key cities, geographical landmarks and key state traits and sports from apples, to hunting to resorts up in the north. We joke about moving to New Castle  a city on the very far left of the compact - it's the closest to living in the English Geordie city of the same name, that I have at the moment! The Laurel Mountains where we plan to vanish up to on our honeymoon is just under the horse shoe curve on the map - I think this compact will definitely have to come with us, such a fun sweet little gift that's miles better then using a sat nav!

With a little dust it shines up perfectly, it's plain inside just with a huge oblong mirror and a tap flapper still shutting so very tightly to contain the powder inside. It's never been used so it's in perfect condition and possibly dates from the 1950s when tourist compacts as souvenirs were at their height. For every state or region we ever visit on a trip it's my ambition to get a compact to match - well for American states at least they seem more available on the market. 


  1. Aww that lil compact is so cute!! I like Pennsylvania. There is TONS of antique shops and lil vintage stores that I think you'd go totally gaga over!!

    I hope you two are having a nice vacation!! =)

    Melanie's Randomness

  2. omg that compact is so cool.. it's so intricate loovee it!