Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Mesh Purses – by Wendy Dager

Mandalian Manufacturing, maker of 1920s-1930s metal mesh handbags, is a name often mentioned in connection with another mesh bag manufacturer, Whiting & Davis (est. 1876, still in business). Whiting & Davis was located in Plainville, Massachusetts, and its...
Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Says Barbara: Even if I had been accustomed since my childhood to the idea of reusing, my wardrobe being based mostly on my cousins’ pre-worn clothes, I didn’t take much note of this process, as it was something perfectly natural to me.  When I became a collector I...
Purse Drawings from 1920’s – 40’s

Purse Drawings from 1920’s – 40’s

Our very busy Kathy Gunderson has come upon a collection of purse drawings that may interest you. Here is Kathy’s message about this project: To:         APCSFr:          Kathy GundersonPurse DrawingsI received a message from Lucia Clerici (APCS member) about a friend...

Plastic Purses – article by Wendy Dager

From (the always-entertaining) Wendy Dager of The Vintage Purse Museum: As promised, here's the link to the article I wrote about plastic handbags for The Vintage Purse Museum. It's very long and there were a lot of complexities (which I tried to simplify because I'm...