TRUE VINTAGE 1960’S TOTE BAG/HANDBAG – A REAL SIGN OF THE TIMES

TRUE VINTAGE 1960'S TOTE BAG/HANDBAG - A REAL SIGN OF THE TIMES

Although this kind of carry-all has never lost popularity in general, it seems like the 1960’s was a really big time for smart, tailored bags like this.  Many were used to carry needlework, like knitting and crochet.  No matter the use for it, totes like this are always SO handy.  In this case, a very elegant design . .. . . . . . . .

Not sure why, but fashion needlework was kind of a “fad” in the Sixties among everyday women even though lots of people have always done it and certain people still do.  I picked this bag up when I found it because it is beautifully made, in pristine condition, and just spoke to me of that Mod time in fashion.

The tortoise shell plastic handles were really “in” then, as well as the printed lining.  I’ve left the closure flap turned up so that you can see the lovely lining material, too. It’s fully-lined, with metal hardware.

Just a simple bag, but with a shift dress and flats (or a sheath and pumps if you’re at the Club or an appointment) you’d look just like any photo from a popular magazine of 1964 or so. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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YEA!!! POSTS ARE BACK ON MY FACEBOOK PAGE

file0001209214386-ebook-cover-1-111112111111121For any of you who may have liked to find me on Facebook, I’ve figured out what had changed there and gotten around it.  Daily posts will again appear on my Facebook page – How to Find the Best in Vintage Fashion@facebook.com, as well as here on WordPress, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Pinterest.  Let the good times roll!

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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You Just Never Know Where Your Next “Find” Will Come From . . . True Vintage ’60s – ’70s Totebag/Purse

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What a surprise! At a party where we all contributed “white elephant” gifts, guess what turned up? After some swapping, this was one of my prizes. True vintage decorated tote bag or purse from the 1960’s/’70’s. Near mint condition.

How do I know it’s original vintage?  1. the style  2. the types of decoration used  3. the construction  4. in this case, some minor signs of age.

How do I know where it (probably) came from?  The Cardinal and the Dogwood are the official state bird and flower of North Carolina.  Eat your heart out, Sherlock.

It’s so beautifully done. Love the colors. Fun!

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TIME ON YOUR HANDS? OUR GRANDMOTHERS KNEW WHAT TO DO . . . . .

IMG_1151IMG_1152They always had a basketful of projects, like these from McCalls needlework and crafts magazine from 1956, whenever the weather or the doldrums hit.  Getting ready for Spring  was more than closet-cleaning and ordering from the seed catalog.

True vintage aprons and decorated tote bags are always lots of fun to find and useful, too.

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ACCESSORIES REALLY SHOW UP AND SHOW OFF IN THE SPRING!

It’s so frustrating not to be able to post a photo every day, but with traveling so much it’s difficult to take along enough pictures to cover the whole time that I’m away from my vintage closets. However, I never stop thinking about them and recently have been thinking more about ACCESSORIES.

 Now that the heaviest coats are coming off and everyone is dreaming about  spring outfits, more colors and lighter-weight clothing, accessories will show up and show off more, too.  I think that women made more use of them in decades past than we do now, wearing hats, gloves and scarves with most ensembles and much more jewelry.  Mens’ accessories also seemed to take more of a leading role than they do now, especially for day-to-day wear – remember the ever-present hat in the 1940s and ’50s.

Where do I begin?  There are so many categories – handbags and purse accessories, wallets, luggage, belts, gloves, hats, headscarves, neck scarves, ties, handkerchiefs, watches and all types of jewelry and ornaments for clothing, bodies and hair, SHOES, slippers, stockings and tights, umbrellas and rain-gear, glasses and sunglasses – what else?.  Any one of these items can make (or break) an ensemble all by itself.  That’s why it’s so  important and so much fun to collect well-selected items and investigate the ways to use them in your wardrobe.  The creative variations are endless and deserve careful consideration, rather than just throwing things together.

I’ll be posting photos of my true vintage accessories in among the photos of clothing and sometimes will do a series of accessory photos to highlight a particular type.  True vintage accessories are easy to find when you are looking in the right places and know what to look for. They tend to hide in obscure spots and sometimes in plain sight, often turning up when you least expect it.  You just never know . . . . . .

 

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