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Archival Anecdotes: The reticule: a treasure lost in time


October 11, 2021

This 5-by-5 inch metal frame reticule purse belonged to Signe Aaslakson who used it in the late 1890s and early 1900s. A metal chain work comprises the bag creating a style that is both delicate and sturdy.

Over time, humans have made many great tools and developments to aid in the carrying of our "things."

From wheelbarrows to baskets, most carrying implements had an element of work involved. Even the lunchboxes, briefcases, valises and satchels all had such purpose.

Sometime during the 18th century, women developed a new kind of implement to help them carry their necessary belongings.

The re...

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