Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Pizza Parlor Purse. 1960s. Maker: Kadin. Plastic-covered ivory fabric purse with pizza parlor scene, including a table with traditional checkered tablecloth, chair, giant pizza, beer mug, lamp, pizza sign, window and bowl of fruit (because everyone eats fruit at a pizza parlor). Embellished with stitching, rhinestones and beads. Inside zip pocket. Shiny vinyl strap.
I almost couldn’t catch my breath when I found this incredibly fun purse! This is very much like the Soure purses in that it has a whimsical scene on the front. However, upon researching Kadin Bros. of New York, I learned that most of the handbags the company made were a much more classic, traditional style. Special thanks to the Bag Lady, http://www.bagladyemporium.com/, for providing info about Kadin. The Bag Lady is a fabulous website with purses for sale, as well as its "university" section, which has a wealth of information, including old photos and vintage purse advertisements.
Bag Lady University: http://www.bagladyemporium.com/BLU/
About Kadin: http://www.bagladyemporium.com/BLU/index.php?n=Main.Kadin
Monday, July 15, 2013
Asian/Oriental/Japanese Motif Purse. 1960s. Maker: Neptune Handbags. Gorgeous, larger sized, unusually shaped purse made of faux black leather with a blanket-soft fabric on the front. The front has been embellished with fabric, trim, gold glitter paint, rhinestones, faux gold leaves and roses that create an Asian scene of a pagoda, tree and walkway. Twist lock. Four gold feet. Interior zip pocket.
I have quite a few purses that are embellished in a similar fashion, but none with a scene like this. I was so excited to acquire it, particularly since it’s made by a manufacturer I’ve never heard of. If you, too, have a purse by Neptune Handbags (this one has the name stamped in gold inside), please email a photo.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
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