Tuesday, July 5, 2011

1900s to 1980s vintage bags at a glance...

The history and development of bags fascinates me as much as the history and development of shoes. Bags come in different shapes/designs with various names; clutch, hobo, messager bag, bucket bag, tote to name a few. Different materials such as leather, satin, patent leather and other materials are used to make bags.

Some photos of vintage bags from 1900s to 1980s...

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/36440862/victorian-sterling-silver-english-mesh?ref=cat3_list_29

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/63109358/victorian-french-glass-bead-purse-hand

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/75353191/art-nouveau-deco-glass-beaded-handbag

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69555239/vintage-1930s-black-satin-pouch-purse

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/40827625/vintage-1940s-exotic-snakeskin-handbag

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76650431/vintage-50s-baby-reptile-alligator

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/41464307/1960s-structured-caramel-suede-kelly

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/76907505/vintage-1970s-mini-leather-saddle-bag

Photo taken from: http://www.etsy.com/listing/60557131/vintage-quilted-navy-leather-handbag

Over the years bags have changed and developed using various materials such mesh metal, beads, tapestry fabric, leather and patent leather to make bags and come in different sizes and designs but its main function to carry personal belongings has not changed. Regardless a bag's design, material used and its maker, a bag is one of girl's best friends.

Reference: Fashion accessories: The complete 20th century sourcebook (to select photos of bags for this posting. Each bag from each era was selected to the ones closest in the book)

1 comment:

  1. I love the 80s bag! I'd wear that today in a heartbeat!