Woman wearing a sagemono

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Woman wearing a sagemono

Taken sometime before 1908 on the Atlantic City Boardwalk, the woman in the picture is wearing a Japanese Sagemono with a netsuke. Japanese pouches like this we’re sold through stores like Vantine’s in New York.

Ad for Andre’s

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Ad for Andre’s

An advertisement for Andre’s in French Vogue Magazine, Dec. 1, 1926. Notice the Japanese inspired purse with a dragon on it. From the collection of Mary Nunn.

British flag purse

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
British flag purse

Acme Newspictures, June 18, 1941: British Trend in Fashions. A striking pro-British outfit is worn by Jean Lewis of the Traphagen School of Fashion. Particularly so is the patent leather bag of blue, surmounted with a red felt band and the British Flag.

1940s clutch

Posted by on Jul 5, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
1940s clutch

A woman sports a 1940s woven clutch. From the collection of Mary Nunn.

Three girls, two rifles and a purse

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Three girls, two rifles and a purse

A photocard postmarked from Chatham, England — Oct. 2, 1907. We have no idea why two girls would be holding rifles while the middle girl has a bag marked “Jersey” with a sailing ship. They seem to be standing in front of a tent (tent pegs and ropes in front of them). A day at […]

Even a 2-Star General

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Even a 2-Star General

Feb. 25, 1944 Detroit: The handbag of Josephine Leach, Saks Show Dancer of Detrooit, not only contains every insignia of all the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, but several United Nations’ emblems as well. The Army collection goes from buck private to two-star general while her top Navy rank is full commander. It all […]

Handbag radio

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Handbag radio

Grand Central Palace, scene of the the 1936 Radio and Electrical Exposition: All the latest developments in the electric and radio fiels are on display at the show which opened on Sept. 9 in New York City.  Here Catherine F. Lang of New York City displaying a handbag radio. It weighs only 3 3/4 pounds […]

If the shoe fits

Posted by on Jan 17, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
If the shoe fits

June 13, 1954 Paris: The quaint styling of a wooden shoe seems to lend itself to use a novel handbag that should a conservation piece anywhere it goes, even its native French provinces. All that was necessary was to equip the shoe with a strap and a cover. From the collection of Jennifer Whitehair.

Carryall Hat

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Carryall Hat

April 3, 1960. Associated Press Photo: “Carryall Hat — Indianapolis secretary Shannon Delaney models a new beach hat with space on top for the things a woman usually carries in her purse, including a built-in mirror.” From the collection of Mary Nunn.

Youth Mode Handbags ad

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Historic Purse Photos
Youth Mode Handbags ad

A 1949 Polly Pigtails Magazine ad for Youth Mode Handbags featuring Mary Jane Saunders, appearing in the film “Sorrowful Jones.” Advertisement from the collection of Mary Nunn.