Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Laminated Magazine Clutch. 1960s/70s. Maker unknown. Hard plastic clutch purse made from the cover of an Elegance Paris magazine, featuring a sultry brunette. The cover was wrapped around a plastic case and then laminated. Brown leather snap closure. I heard these bags were created to deter purse-snatchers. “What, me carry a purse? Don't be silly! It’s just a magazine. With, um, my wallet and lipstick in it...” Now they’re a fashion statement. But, as with many vintage bags—let the collector beware—reproductions are being made and sold as old. Note: The doll holding the purse was a gift from me to my mom when I was a kid, in the 1970s. Mom gave it back thirty years later. I have no idea why. It's so classy.

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6 comments:

sweetheartville said...

I've never seen one of these. I like it. I want one!

Wendy said...

And you can! Check it out http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130135399414&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:us

Monica said...

They sell for a lot on ebay, I remember a girl on school with one and I fianlly got two, i sold one on ebay and kept the other, I see the remakes now, they have some coolones out there with Pulp covers!

Wendy said...

The prices are ridiculous, aren't they? I have two also--one was a gift from a friend and one was about ten bucks on eBay, but I got it in the early days--before eBay got so crazy. Man, sometimes I wish I had bought eBay stock instead of all those vintage purses!

jungle dream pagoda said...

I have 2 of those! I never carry them though,guess I'm not too worried about purse snatchers in my neck of the hood!

Wendy said...

I don't carry mine because I can't fit anything in it! I guess it's true that the older we get, the bigger our purses get. Which is why I'm considering getting a tattoo of a vintage purse on my butt. I figure that, like a real purse, it'll just get bigger as I age...