PURSE TALES

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Camilla’s Purse

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.

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Abigail Adams dimity pocket discovery

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.

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Abolitionist movement purses

Abolitionist movement purses

As costume and textile historians are found of remarking, fashion does not exist in a vacuum. Clothing and accessories are influenced by all manner of technology, social and economic forces. And so it is with these series of purses. Featured in the links below are four abolitionist purses – two in collections in the United States and two in collections in London.

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