Things that I love doing when traveling is finding the most unique place to visit. You know the museums and sites that are off the beaten track. While I was visiting my sister for the month of June in Little Rock, Arkansas I discovered the Esse Purse Museum. I mean how amazing is it that I find something fashionable related in the middle of the country!
Founded by Anita Davis in 2013, the museum showcases all of her hand bags that she collected living here in the US - she is basically the Imelda De Marcos of handbags. The museum is set up with cases by decade, going from 1900-1999. Not only were there bags in the cases but examples of what was kept inside them. A 1920's woman didn't have a cell phone, charger, a kindle, wallet, personal products, a janitors key chain of keys and what ever else our bags are carrying these days. And a lady of the 1910's didn't carry a wallet because when a woman shopped it was done on a tab she kept with the shopkeeper she also didn't carry house keys because there was always a house person at home and or doors weren't locked. It really wasn't until the 1930s that women started carrying more structured purses that carried more significant things than a dance card and a lacy handkerchief.
Since I myself am managing to build up a nice collection of bags from past decades I truly appreciate what Anita has done at the museum. Each purse has its on personality that really attests itself in its design, weight, and method of holding. I mean you really wouldn't throw around a dainty crystal encrusted bag carelessly, that kind of bag is meant to be carried with care and delicacy. I myself love handle bags, I tend to carry them with swag - if you know what I mean.
Because I wanted you to appreciate the purses in the museum I didn't want to inundate you with the other things I saw there. That will becoming in the next post, so stay tuned!