Hundred-year-old Bucket Bags

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, May 9, 1914:   Well for the most part it rained today, which kept me indoors a good bit.

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Source: Ladies Home Journal (March, 1914)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Did Grandma do any sewing on rainy days? Maybe she made a bucket bag.

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal had an article titled, “The Bucket is Back.” The first sentence said:

If ever there was a moment for the bucket bag, it is now.

Wall Street Journal (May 8, 2014)

What goes around comes around. The bucket bag was equally popular a hundred years ago. The four bucket bags in this post were all featured in the March, 1914 issue of Ladies Home Journal.

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13 Responses

  1. I would totally use the tan coloured one with Palm Trees. Hippy Chic

  2. Well, if nothing else…it could hold a young lady’s cell phone today!!!

  3. Ah days where we didn’t need to carry around a lot of junk. Those type bags are very similar to the purses of Renaissance costuming. Sometimes made of leather and often worn attached to a belt.

  4. How would one of those go with my blue jeans and tee shirt?

  5. They are so beautiful! And I think we still carry them now in different sizes and versions. They have never really gone out of style.

  6. Very pretty bags!

  7. I just looked in my closet in a secret garbage bag marked for the future and packed 20 years ago. I thought I would save goodies for grandchildren. I have some antique bags in there, but no buckets. Got me looking Sheryl…
    Sheila

  8. Well, aren’t they pretty!

  9. My mother has at least four elaborately beaded and fringed bucket bags, one in elegant black one in metallic blue, one in black with a (unfortunately faded) beaded rose and gold bead fringe. What can I do with them? I’m thinking display…

  10. My mom had one that looks like example # 2 …. Never knew what it was called!!!

  11. No wonder they’re back. They are beautiful. My mother had one which belonged to her grandmother, I think.

  12. Those are very nice.

  13. I think these bags come around every so often – look like they would have been at home in the 60’s too!

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