3-Way Convertible Bags


  




Pittsburgh Post Gazette, August 27, 1948
While many three-way convertible handbags are best known as products of Lowy & Mund (L&M) or Edwards (see Bag Lady University for more info: http://www.bagladyemporium.com/BLU/index.php?n=Main.LowyMundLMEdwards), we learned that other manufacturers, including Kadin, made versions of it. The earliest ads we could find were from 1948, and these bags featured a chain handle. The most commonly found three-way bags now, and likely the most produced back then were from the 1960s, and had acrylic handles. These bags were available in several sizes and with numerous fabrics and patterns, but early versions were less showy than those of the late 1950s through the 1960s, which offered bolder prints and some metallic or "atomic" designs. Newspaper ads clipped online via Newspapers.com. All purses pictured and the magazine ad are from the collection of The Vintage Purse Gallery.





St. Louis Post Dispatch, Sept. 10, 1956
Press and Sun Bulletin, March 28, 1962
Newcastle News, May 8, 1959 - J.C. Penney's ad

El Paso Herald Post, Sept. 30, 1949
1960s 3-way handbag, with black patent, black matte, and silver and gold metallic covers, and acrylic handle.

Detroit Free Press, June 18, 1956
Independent, June 5, 1967 - Note the "atomic design" similar to the one in the Vintage Purse Gallery collection

Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 10, 1965

Democrat and Chronical, May 7, 1962 - Purses by Kadin
Democrat and Chronicle, May 4, 1961

Variety of three-way convertible handbags, circa 1950s and 1960s

1948 Edwards 3-Way Bag Vogue magazine advertisement (from the collection of The Vintage Purse Gallery)


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