|Dior suede handbag, ca. 1947|
|textured linen box purse, ca. 1980s|
|Edwardian beaded fringe purse, ca. 1900s|
|red vinyl handbag, ca. 1960s|
|colorblock purse, ca. 1950s|
|tortoise lucite box purse, ca. 1950s|
Don't get me wrong, I still have way too many; they're often an affordable (and functional) way to spruce up one's ensemble! But, according to this History of Handbags article, they also held a good deal of gravitas, signifying power and status, for instance.
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