Three girls, two rifles and a purse

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)....
Even a 2-Star General

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...
Handbag radio

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...
If the shoe fits

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...
Carryall Hat

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

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.