And, like many gifts, I suspect that a lot of the most spectacular enameled purses were rarely, if ever, used.
It’s hard to coordinate a dazzling bag in elaborate patterns and colors with anything but a solid-colored dress, lovely as the bag may look in its gift box.
That made me realize that most of these beautiful bags that have survived in perfect condition were probably gift items.
And, at original prices from five to five hundred dollars, they were very nice gifts, indeed. 39, “Among women in clerical and business jobs, the annual median wage in the late 1920s was $1,548 [i.e., less than $30 per week.] Weekly paychecks ranged from $6 for an office girl to $40 for a skilled bookkeeper.” Even a $5 evening bag was a luxury item for most women.
13California Caliope Calipso Calpe Calumet Calypso Cambria Cambridge Camden Camden Line Camden Line, Pattern CCamel D125Cameo No.