Plastic Coil "Telephone" Cord Purses


Plastic coil purses are often dated to the 1940s. While it's true that's when they began, we've found newspaper advertisements that bring them all the way into 1960! Also, "telephone cord," which is what many people call them today, is an anachronistic misnomer. It was likely created by someone from a later time who thought that's what the purses look like, so that's what they should be called!

Akron Beacon Journal, April 14, 1957






Arizona Republic, April 20, 1945

Battle Creek Enquirer, May 7, 1959

Pensacola News Journal, June 3, 1960
The Daily Times, June 4, 1952

The Indianapolis News, Feb. 25, 1966

The Indianapolis News, May 16, 1956
The Minneapolis Star, March 23, 1954
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, November 8, 1946

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The Petaluma Courier, May 5, 1954

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