Wednesday, March 11, 2015

1960s Walt Disney's Donald Duck and Pluto Vinyl Change Purses

Donald Duck and Pluto Vinyl Change Purses. 1960s. Maker: Devon. Made in Japan. Two children’s very small change purses featuring the Disney characters Pluto and Donald Duck. Each is made of vinyl and each have lenticular (blinking) eyes. Donald’s are googly and Pluto’s open and close, showing his lashes. Metal zipper closures. Both marked Walt Disney Production (singular) on the back.

These are fairly easy to find, but some are quite pricey. I will likely add more characters to this mini-collection, but it all depends on (and you know how I am) getting a good deal!

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

SPECIAL POST! 1940s Photo Military Men and Woman with Clutch Purse

SPECIAL POST! 1940s Photo Military Men and Woman with Clutch Purse

In my collection I have a number of old photos of women carrying purses. I found this one yesterday (for $1!). I loved it because it was so very 1940s, from the woman's purse to her beautiful (gabardine?) suit and quite sensible shoes. It's also wonderful because of the two men in military garb. Check out the sailor. He's so serious! But the officer is wearing his cap at a jaunty tilt, and he seems ver happy. Look at his left foot... he's ready to take off for shore leave!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Stylemark by Mutterperl Red Box Purse

Red Faux Leather Box Purse. 1950s. Maker: Since 1901, Stylemark by Mutterperl, Made in USA. Lovely leather or faux leather (probably faux) classic oblong red box purse. Two straps, unusually-shaped snap closure, decorative-but-subtle white stitching. Lined in red grosgrain or similar fabric. Interior mirror. One pocket. Attached change purse. Four tiny metal feet.

This is a beautiful, well-made bag. When it arrived, I knew it would have some defects, including the fact that it needed to be re-glued on the inside, where there was a separation from the lining and the cardboard portion of the box. However, I soon realized that this was probably from age and that the purse was rarely or perhaps never used.

Here’s a link to Bag Lady University, with a history and photos of Stylemark purses:  

Monday, December 1, 2014

SPECIAL POST! RV Purse Museum News

Hi Vintage Purse People! A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Kickstarter. It didn't fund, but we're determined to complete our Rolling Vintage Purse Museum project. For more info, news, photos and updates, visit

RV Purse Museum - Where the Handbag Meets the Highway

Monday, November 10, 2014

Metal Filigree and Pink Plastic Child-Sized Pamart Box Bag

Metal Filigree and Pink Plastic Child’s Purse. 1950s. Maker: Pamart, Brooklyn, NY, USA. Adorable, tiny (5” wide by 3” high by 3” deep) filigree metal box bag with pink plastic (pretty sure it is not “Lucite,” as it is a thinner plastic) top and handle. Pink plastic rectangle inset at the bottom. Goldtone (now slightly tarnished) hardware.

My first Pamart purse! These are pretty pricey—even the tiny ones—so getting this for a reasonable price was very exciting. Granted, it's got some issues, but these are the type I only use for display and do not carry while I'm out. I save carrying for the heartier ones!

Here’s a link to Bag Lady University, with a brief explanation of Pamart purses, circa 1955:

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Three-Way Convertible Lumured Purse(s)

Three-Way Convertible Lumured Purse(s). 1960s. Maker: Lumured. This set consists of two bags; one can be turned inside out for the third bag. One side has the primary colored “candy dot” or “caviar” beads, and the other has pastel colored opaque beads. There’s another bag inside that has white and clear beads (note: the brown part is probably water damage). The white plastic handles unscrew to go on either of the three choices of handbag. Inside the white and clear beaded bag is a heavy cotton lining. Zip closure.

I’ve seen a lot of Lumured bags and have a few more, including one that’s reversible. This one is pretty special in that there are three bags to choose from—a very clever design!