Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

Kinsey Institute Purse Incident

image number:

P0028496

description:

The purse was purchased in April 1961 at Stewart's Department Store in Louisville, Kentucky by a member of The Institute for Sex Research. The Institute mailed a letter on May 5, 1961 to the company that designed the purse (Roger Van S, Inc. of New York City). The letter inquired about the ornamental brass on the front of the purse which also contained a flip-lever latching device. The letter reads, in part: "We are...interested in the brass ornamental locking device. The heart-shaped head and the happy smile lend a delicate sort of humor to what is indisputably a delightful practical joke..."

Copies of the letter and the designer's reply can be found in the Archives reference file.

date taken:

1961 May

corporate name:

Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction

corporate name:

Institute for Sex Research, Inc.

corporate name:

Roger Van S, Inc.

topic:

Purses

topic:

Sex education

series:

Groups

subseries:

Kinsey Institute

folder:

Purse Incident