My birthday bag

It was my birthday last week and I received the loveliest handbag! It is a wicker box bag by a company called Midas of Miami. They made fabulous bags which epitomise the 1950s style with gorgeous adornments.

This one has tiny white seed beads all over the front and lid, tightly packed together to give an amazing texture. It has silk flowers embroidered onto the beads in pretty pinks, green and coral which give the bag it’s delicate feel.

It has 2 handles which are covered in cream and gold that fold down either side of the bag. This is Midas’s trade mark handle. Inside is lined with a peach silk with compartments for your lipstick and mirror.

You sure were an elegant lady to have had one of these! Imagine her teaming the bag with a floral cotton day dress with nipped in waist and full skirt, flat pumps and sun hat, walking along the Miami promenade.

Here is a selection of my other 1950s American handbags including another great Midas one.

Dorset Rex lucite and metal woven box bag with matching compact.

Unmarked huge kitsch vinyl shopper with buttons and bows.

Atlas Princess Charming wicker bag with 3D kitty.

Atlas window pane bag with poodles and lucite handles.

Another Atlas one with butterflies.

Unmarked orange straw and vinyl shopper

Metal and embroidered Tyrolean, Inc

Classic 50s poodles by Midas of Miami. A similar one is shown in Judith Miller’s book “Handbags” on page 301. And when you have these lovelies you need a 50s drinks cabinet to display them (and keep the kids fingers off them!)

I wish it was my birthday every day!

(why not join our group on Vintage Network Worldwide called “I can’t live without my vintage handbags” to meet other handbags lovers and share photos)


Bag Lady

Today in the post i received a lovely original Caro Nan handbag and thought i would share it with you. These handpainted wooden bags were made in the South of America in the 1960s and were a must have bag at the time.

They are really cute, folky works of art and make you really nostalgic to time of individuality and not massed produced clothing.

The most famous design was rows of different shops around the base depicting different towns. These were often made especially for the town/shop that was selling them.

Imagine owning a bag that showed your town……They usually had check material lining inside, adding to that home made feel.

Some had mirrors inside the lid.

They all were signed Caro Nan inside the bag along with the name of the shop they were sold in. This one was from the University Community Hospital Gift shop.

A great find is one with an original cent stuck on the lid showing the age of the bag. This one dates from1969.

This one rarely has the signature on the outside as well as inside.

These will look gorgeous this summer……look in Your Vintage Wardrobe section of the shop to see more. Wood is totally on trend this season so bag yourself an original!