Explore a Century of Handbags at the ESSE Purse Museum (the U.S.’s Only Purse Museum)

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The Esse Purse Museum, in Little Rock Arkansas, is the only purse museum in the United States. Their permanent and growing exhibit “A Century of Women and Handbags 1900-1999” showcases the history of handbags by decade. From the dawn of the century to the end of a millennium, the exhibit details the trends and functionality of handbags—and what they reveal about the women who carried them—through images and product displays.

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