Purse Collector: Melissa Overdorf

Posted by on Oct 8, 2017 in News, Purse News, Purse Tales
Purse Collector: Melissa Overdorf

By June D. Bell, CostCo Connection
MELISSA OVERDORF’S purse obsession began innocently enough, with a 1940s petit point Asprey of London handbag she inherited from her grandmother in 1999. Before long, the smitten Seattle resident was hunting down vintage beaded, mesh and fabric purses on eBay and at antique fairs.”

The Original “Pink Ladies” Car, complete with Lipstick Holder and Pink Umbrella

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in News, Purse News, Purse Tales, Research
The Original “Pink Ladies” Car, complete with Lipstick Holder and Pink Umbrella

Between 1955 and 1956, Dodge produced the first car specifically marketed to women, which came in pink exterior and a pink handbag.

Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: 1776 Pocketbook

Posted by on May 6, 2017 in News, Purse News, Purse Tales, Research
Highlights from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art: 1776 Pocketbook

Check out this amazing flame stitch pocketbook from the Fielding Collection of Early American Art.

Meerten book purse illustration

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in News, Purse Tales, Research
Meerten book purse illustration

Check out this illustration from A. B. van Meerten’s “Penelope of Maandwerk aan het Vrouwelijk Geslacht Toegewijd” that looks a lot like Paula Higgins’ spiderweb design needlework purse c. 1820.

Purse Tales: The Illusive Alfred Shaheen Purse

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Purse Tales
Purse Tales: The Illusive Alfred Shaheen Purse

In 2010 I purchased the Workman Publishing Purse A Day calendar. Imagine my surprise when while flipping through the calendar, I came across a purse on Jan. 5, 2010 from the Amsterdam Museum of Bags and Purse, that I didn’t even know existed.

Purse Tales: WAC Dorothy L. Lammerson

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Purse Tales
Purse Tales: WAC Dorothy L. Lammerson

Despite challenges, more than 150,000 WACs served in World War 2, releasing seven divisions of men for combat. One of these WACs was Pvt. Dorothy L. Head who later married and became Pvt. Dorothy L. Lammerson. This is her purse.

The story of the World Expos as told by purses

Posted by on May 9, 2015 in Purse News, Purse Tales
The story of the World Expos as told by purses

More than 160 years ago we celebrated the first world exposition. While there had been previous national exhibitions, the “Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations” in 1851 London was the first to become a worldwide event. The Great Exhibition, as it is known, sparked an event that continues to this day with the opening of Expo 2015 Milan.

Sutton Hoo purse lid

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Sutton Hoo purse lid

In 1939 what is considered the medieval equivalent of King Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered under a burial mound in Suffolk, England. Underneath one of the mounds was an 88 foot (27 meter) long Anglo Saxon ship from the 7th century (between 610 and 635 AD). At the center of the ship was a burial chamber packed with an amazing treasure.

Camilla’s Purse

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Camilla’s Purse

This story is about an ordinary person – Camilla Gottlieb – and the extraordinary life she lived. On May 27, 1964 Camilla Gottlieb died. We might never have learned the full details of Camilla’s extraordinary story except for one thing – her purse.

Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Purse Tales, Research
Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

Few of us enjoy a close relationship with history. For most of us, we are a few degrees of separation closer to Kevin Bacon than the country’s founding fathers. But for two APCS members an auction would lead to one of those great chance encounters with history.