Monday, August 8, 2011

Telephone Cord Purse?


I first spotted one of these babies years ago and was immediately hooked.  Talk about funky...a purse decorated with telephone cord.  I think part of my infatuation was the nostalgia of the cord, having grown up in the pre cell phone days...sitting in the kitchen talking on the phone that was attached to a coiling cord, that was attached to the wall.  In those days, your parents could hear the whole conversation...can you imagine!?  Anyway, like I said, I spotted a black and white telephone cord clutch and had to have it.

even the bottom of the bags have the cord detail

I was at a yearly Antique Market in Moss Landing, California, cold and foggy, as it is held right next to the Pacific Ocean.  The lady selling the purse obviously didn't think it was all that special because she asked next to nothing for it....SCORE!  So, after the first purse, I wanted know, like the addict I am.  I started to ask around at all the antique stores and the workers would all look at me like I had grown a second head.  A purse with telephone cord?  They'd never heard of it.  I searched it on Ebay...with no results.   I hunted for the elusive telephone cord purse for several years...with the occasional sighting in a purse book.  Each time I found one in a store, I would buy it, until I now have a decent size selection of purses to choose from.  And they are great to use....very durable and if they get dirty, just wipe them off.

At first I thought that the purses had to be newer...possibly the late 60's, but found out they were a 50's thing...a lot of great plastics came out of WWII, and the plastic technology was used to create some pretty terrific bags in the 50's and 60's.  Now, plastic is just plastic...something we debate over whether to drink water out of.  But think of a time when plastic was new and exciting...

Maybe they're not everyone's thing, but I just love them...all the more because they are not everyone's thing!


this is my absolute favorite...bright red and white with a twisted handle


the purse that started it all...the clutch in the front


  1. Hello! I've just seen your absolutely faboulous collectio of purses... I'm also collecting them, but I have got just 10 of them until now. It's growing slowly, and it's even more difficult for me since I'm from Spain and these beauties didn't arrive to Spain during the 50s.
    This is the link to my album, so you can have a look :)

  2. Ohhh, loved the photos of your collection! Thanks for sharing the link. These purses are difficult to find in the US too...but I do love the hunt for vintage...the excitement one feels when a fabulous purse is spotted in the corner of a favorite store. Happy vintage hunting to you :)

  3. I love your red one!
    I've never seen them over here in Australia, but on a recent trip to the US I fell in love with them too! Thanks for sharing your collection ;)

  4. Thanks for the comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed my purses! I hope you
    had a chance to pick one up when you were visiting the US. They are
    pretty spectacular and funky ahead of their time! Happy
    purse hunting to you...