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Hattie Carnegie, American Designer
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Hattie Carnegie, American Designer

Hattie Carnegie, American Designer: Life Magazine featured, in the May 8, 1944, American designers. The article said the "undisputed leader" was Hattie Carnegie. Here's Life's picture of Carnegie, the Life cover photo of a Carnegie sequined suit, and the information Life published about her. See…
Big Bags and Belts
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Big Bags and Belts, Life, Nov. 19, 1945

Big Bags and Belts: The cover story for Life Magazine's November 19, 1945 issue was "Big Bags and Belts." Life said, "The current revival of the big overshoulder bag and the big leather belt was started by a New York City named Phelps who may…
Designer Judith Leiber: Dating Your Bags
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Designer Judith Leiber: Dating Your Bags

Designer Judith Leiber:  These images are from an article about Judith Leiber's fantastic handbags by Lindsy VanGelder, "It's in the Bag," with photographs by Lizzie Himmel and published by Connoisseur in April, 1990. If you are a Leiber fan--or a handbag fan--you'll want to dig…
Bette Davis with hard-sided box handbag, 1950s
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Bette Davis Handbags: Dating Your Bags

Bette Davis Handbags: It's fun to follow the handbags used by famous American women, I think. Here are some photographs of Bette Davis with her handbags, taken from "This 'N That," her memoir, written by Davis with Michael Herskowitz, published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, New…
Vintage Evening Bags, 1933
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Vintage Evening Bags, 1933: Dating Your Bags

Vintage Evening Bags, 1933:  I recently was able to buy some old Delineator magazines, and they will certainly help date our antique bags and vintage handbags. For example, these two sketches are from the October, 1933 and November, 1933 are from fashion spreads showing small…
Vintage Black Fur Muff and Hat Set
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Vintage Handbags, Mademoiselle, 1938: Dating Your Bags

Vintage Handbags, Mademoiselle, 1938: The October, 1938 issue of Mademoiselle shows dresses, handbags, and other accessories from designers whose names we still remember, like Schiaparelli, and ones we might not remember, like Rose Valois. In these pictures, we can see what was high fashion in…
Nettie Rosenstein, American designer
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Nettie Rosenstein, American Designer

Nettie Rosenstein, American Designer: The Life Magazine feature on American fashion designers, in the May 8, 1944 issue, included Nettie Rosenstein as one of the top ten American designers. Here is the photograph and text from the Life article, plus the picture of a typical…
Bags During Kennedy Years
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Kennedy Years’ Bags: Dating Your Bags

Kennedy Years' Bags:  "So Jackie Kennedy" or "so Jackie O." You will often hear or read references Jackie Kennedy, later Jackie Onassis, when people are discussing vintage bags. So, I thought you'd like to see for yourself some of her handbags. The actual dates of…
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