When it comes to punctuating your cocktail-ready ensembles, it has to be Whiting & Davis bags.These glamorous, scene-stealing treasures will enliven even the most austere of evening looks.A few other actresses followed Hines until Fleischer discovered vaudeville performer Mae Questel in 1931.

The chain has a 7 and a 1/2 in strap drop, and the body measures 7 and a 1/2 in long by 5 in wide.

Those who collect Whiting and Davis antique bags will appreciate the outstanding color and design of this piece, as well as the very good condition.

The makers signature can be clearly viewed on the inside of the frame in photo 7.

This is a brightly colored mesh which has not suffered from fading features a design in orange, yellow, purple, blue, pink, green, white, red, teal blue, cream, and black on both sides.

Silver screen devotees certainly flocked to see Marion Davies, Louise Brooks and Colleen Moore.

However, the cartoon character, Betty Boop, was an even bigger box office draw than many of the flesh and blood actors. And she was so popular that her likeness became one of the most frequently used images in mass merchandising during the Depression era.

Bimbo was a purely fictional cartoon dog that appeared in Fleischer productions from 1930 through 1933. Bimbo was banished from Betty’s series by the Motion Picture Producers and Distributors of America (MPPDA) Production Code when it was eventually decided that a dog with a human girlfriend was improper and violated the censorship rules that had been formally adopted in 1930.

Margie Hines was the first voice actress to speak for Betty.

Apparently relatively few of these bags were made and even fewer remain after eighty-odd years.

All of the circumstances that contributed to the scarcity of these purses today might never be known.

The condition is very good despite its great age with just 2 small openings at the bottom above the wavy fringe (which can be seen in photo 6).