Plastic Covered Lillian Albus Boutique Purse. 1960s. Maker: Soure Bag New York. Incredible, possibly one of a kind purse with a department store scene on the front. It features a dress stand, hat stand and felt mannequins wearing garments that are embellished with rhinestones and faux gems. The store’s display “windows” are formed by gold trim. There are also felt shoes and handbags. The “door” to the store is made of gold mesh with faux gem doorknobs. The name “Lillian Albus” is in gold lettering at the top of the bag, along with two cameos (one missing its face). The purse is covered in plastic and embellished with fringed curtains. Four gold feet. Two inside pockets; one that zips. Plastic covered interior.
Now THIS is a find. I’ve been looking forever for a Soure boutique scene purse—and missed out on several—but this is special as it was made for the now-defunct New Jersey and Pennsylvania “Lillian Albus” stores. It’s not in the greatest shape and needs a professional cleaning and repair, and I paid more than I usually do for a vintage purse, but I simply could not pass this up. Here’s what I know about Lillian: She was born in 1906, opened her store in 1946, and passed away in 1987. If you have anything to share about Lillian Albus, please email me at info(at)vintagepursegallery(dot)com. I would love to interview someone who knew her and post the article on The Vintage Purse Gallery.
Here’s a link to a 1989 article about Lillian Albus: http://articles.philly.com/1989-08-20/news/26149206_1_gowns-boutique-dresses
Here’s a 2010 Trip Advisor forum, where one user reminisces about the Lillian Albus store: http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g46696-i373-k3777922-o20-Things_that_aren_t_there_anymore-Ocean_City_New_Jersey.html