Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Vintage Leather Belt Purse with Ephemera. 1930s. Maker: Unknown. In poor condition, this leather-like bag has a beautiful butterscotch celluloid or Bakelite closure and a loop fastened along the backside (shown in the photo), which, I believe, is meant to be used with a belt. The utterly fantastic part of this purse is its contents. I was so excited to come upon this because I love being able to touch history, some of which, in this case, is falling apart. Among the fragile items in this bag: A leather change purse, a pocket mirror, a Morton’s Salt ad recommending its use as a “dentifrice,” an American Legion Veteran’s Day paper poppy, raffle tickets for an Aladdin Lamp & Shade, a receipt from the Acme Feed Company of Burlington, NC, dated August 5, 1933 for $3.80, and a Peerless Weight Machine cardboard token dated October 29, 1932 with weight—163 pounds—and fortune, “Though naturally generous with money, you have a keen sense of its value and never dissipate it unwisely.”

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2 comments:

sweetheartville said...

What an incredible treasure! I want so badly to time travel, but I imagine finding something like this is about as close as one can get to a time machine. How did you luck upon this little time capsule?

Wendy said...

I've had it so long, I can't quite remember. I think I bought it in the early days of eBay, for just a few bucks. There's also an old newspaper article, but it's in shreds. I'm thinking of wrapping it all in acid-free paper, but, even then I'm not sure how well-preserved it'll be. Maybe I can get Mr. Wendy to put climate controls in The Pink Room...