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Location June 1949:

Zelman Bag Company, Inc.
9-14 East 37th St.
New York

Established in 1943 by Dave Zelman, the inside man and Henry "Major" Ross, the outside man. They specialized in fabric "dressmaker bags." Dave Zelman's daughter Marilynn emailed the company manufactured from 1943 thru 1963. "His forte was skirt bags, clutches made from faille & broadcloth," said Marilyn. "He later designed bags for Walborg, Morris Moskowitz & others. He was the designer @ Zelman Bags, & many of his designs, are copied by contemporary designers today." (3/5/07)

Display ad June 1949 "Handbag Buyer" page 38


The 1950's

Vary your collection to meet day, evening, sport and dress needs.

Keep an eye on the future continue to show resort bags now

"CAVIAR BEAD plastic on a rounded canoe base has a top zipper and double bracelet handles. Zelman bag is lined in beige rayon" (Handbags & Accessories December 1955, page 17)

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

scan H&A Aug 1960, pg 48


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