Myles Origianls by Artistic Display Company was the first lucite bag maker in Miami. The influx of affluent vacationers to Florida after WWII made resort wear a hot seller in Miami all year. Sometime in 1951 they introduced composite material called Lamoplex, sheets of plastic with materials like metal strips laminated between.
"NEW PLASTIC SHELL ITEMS for resort by Myles Originals include, a smart tiered effect clutch bag and squat rounded box in warm shell tone. Box has wide cuff handle attached to lid, mirror set inside of lid."
After Myles Originals was bought by Aberman Manufacturing Co. in 1952, the company raised their prices and began producing unique bags designed by Sheldon J. Aberman. This tortoise briefcase style came wit the original handtags.
Google patents includes several design patents issued to Sheldon Aberman of Miami Beach, Florida. Three of these are, coincidentally, for bags whose advertising is illustrated on page 138 of Berkson's "Carry Me!" Buy Carry Me at Amazon.com I will quote from the text of the ads and illustrate with the patent drawings.
Sheldon Aberman Design Patent #170,978, issued December 1, 1953. Swivel-It Patent
Text of display ad from May 1953 Handbags & Accessories, page 153
"Myles Originals* The Untimate Lucite Handbag"
In 2011 dollars the $13.50 is equivalent to $114.13 after a 745.4% inflation change! Add to that retail markup and 20% Luxury tax and it is obvious these bags were for affluent customers!
Interestingly, the ad illustrates a concave curve body, but the Swivel-It handle is found on other body forms like this long, lean rectangle.
Myles 3-D Piggback Vanity Bag
Something Absolutely New!
Removable Formal Compact
The design patent for the remarkable and innovative Myles Duet handbag was issued to Sheldon J. Aberman on September 29, 1953. Two interlocking cylinders, hinged at the center bottom. latch on the top with a classic 3-ball latch. A gray example is illustrated on pages 164-165 of Berkson's "Carry Me!" Buy Carry Me at Amazon.com
The dispaly ad for the Duet ran in the July 1953 issue od "Handbags & Accessories" on page 164 and read as follows:
Myles Originals Bag of The Month
Wholesale $13.50 Lucite $13.50 Lamoplex
September 29, 1953 was a banner day for bag design! A second design patent, this one for the Iconic Horizontal Cylinder design, was grated to Sheldon J. Aberman.
Berkson's "Carry Me!" Buy Carry Me at Amazon.com illustrates this bag in Navy Lamoplex on page 160. She describes the bag on page 139 as The "Schooner" and quotes advertising reading "longer, smarter, trimmer and with the beautiful new wishbone handle."
Myles produced some unusual multi-handled Lucite bags. This 1953 US Design Patent 171,072 identifies Sheldon J. Aberman as the designer. Sheldon Aberman Patent #171,072
This bag in black and gray is illustrated on page 22 of "Plastic Handbags: Sculpture to Wear," by Kate Dooner. A green example sold online for $178 in 2005.
Yet another remarkable bag was patented to Sheldon J. Aberman on December 1, 1953! I've always referred to this as Wheels, maybe to do with 40 years living in the Motor City!)
970087: Myles Forest Green Lucite Handbag Deco Style
A truly wild deco bag, forest green with embedded glitz, unmarked but a treasure. This bag is very unique and in near mint condition. I've not seen another in many years of looking. Attributed to Myles by the characteristic green lucite and illustrated in "Black pearl Grecian Spiral Scroll Lid" on page 152 of "Carry Me" by Berkson, dated 1953.
Sold for $300.00 in 1997
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