Markay Bags, Inc.
Location August 1942:
Markay Bags Inc.
Display ad from the August 1936 issue of Luggage & Leather Goods, page 67 and news tidbit indicating sales must be brisk! (page 64)
Page 42 of the same issue features two dollar bags, one in suedecloth with a carved wood frame, the other in vinyl.
Full page ad August 1942 "Luggage & Leather Goods," page 39
"Beauty on a Budget" in July 1947 Handbags Illustrated cited this Markay broadcloth bag as an example on page 46. Style 965 retailed for $3.00 and came in black, brown, green and wine.
"Shirred delight in lustrous Botany broadcloth. Almost looks as though it could purr, doesn't it? Softly manipulated side folds and top zipper provide plenty of room for feminine gear, et al. Markay Bags"
Display ad on page 56 of the same issue.
Half page ad "Handbag Buyer" June 1949, page 8
The same format half page ad in "Handbags and Fashion Accessories" February 1950, page 16 shows expanded representation in Chicago and Los Angeles.
The Spring 1952 Markay line included this charming bag whose shape seems strangely before its time. (Luggage & Leather Goods, December 1951, page 56)
"PSEUDO PIGSKIN trims a neat little Madagascar framed satchel. Bag has tab and lock closing, plastic lining and inside zipper pocket. Budget price at Markay."
Markay Bags Inc.
Chicago: 36 So. State Street
January 1954 Handbags & Accessories, page 41.
Markay Handbags used products made by Sommers Fabrics Corporation this case a black patent vinyl. The Sommers location is the same as 1954, but the company appears to have changed its name SommersPlasticProducts, (January 1955 Handbags & Accessories, page 11)
Page 13 of the same issue tells us Markay used frames by William Pierro Co. of New York.
The variety of designs offered by Markay is demonstrated by yet another example on page 15 of the same issue. This style, called the Piccadilly, and is covered in Resproid, another textured vinyl product.
Full page ad January 1955 Handbags & Accessories, page 49 features Markay's Octagonal Piccadilly box bag. For more on Resproid see ResproidResproInc
The March 1955 issue of Handbags & Accessories featured an extensive article on the new plastics being used in handbag design. This Markay bag on page 11 was a good example of the 50's tote. 1955Plastics
The same bags was also featured in Markay's display ad on the inside cover.
Also included on page 44 is this tidbit about the line.
The same October 1955 issue includes this half page ad on page 29.
Los Angeles Salesroom: JOHN J. ASPELL, 607 So. Hill St., Los Angeles. Cal.
Bags for Spring 1956 were presented on January 3, 1956 by agreement as a member of the National Authority for the Ladies Handbag Industry. 1956NationalAuthorityMembers
Fall 1956 Markey Bags in the "Celestial" line are presented on the inside cover of "Handbags & Accessories" August 1956 issue.
Introducing "Celestial" by Markay
Leather lined to retail about $5.00 (That's $39.65 in 2010 dollars)
Glorious examples from 10 prominant makers illustrated the article "New textures give new faces to casual bags for fall" on pages 14-15 of the August 1956 issue of "Handbags & Accessories." Markay's contribution:
"BEAVER GRAINED PLASTIC traveller has covered frame, hinged hardware. Tweed grained plastic contrasts with calf grained plastic trim. Both styles from Markay, 15 E. 32nd St."
page 41 February 1961 Handbags & Accessories
This full page ad opened the June 1961 "Handbags & Accessories," page 1.