I have bought a large collection of vintage powder boxes from a collector. This collector seemed to be very interested in the history of powder boxes. The use of make in public didn't take place until around the 1920's. Women started to use compacts so they could powder their faces when they went out. These compacts - which were often very beautiful - often needed loose powder - although some had pressed powder. The early loose powder refill boxes could be highly decorated and very desirable! However during WW11 the boxes had to be scaled back and were very plain and boring - except to a collector! They sometimes had something printed on the back to say it conformed to the war time regulations about the use of paper. These boxes will be going on to the web site as I can photograph them.