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They had to call their purses by this mouthful sound; 'vanity bag' because the mean men had snatched away the usage of the term purse for their own wallets!
The memsahibs needed to be constantly alert to protect it from the pick pockets.
The girls needed it to protect themselves from monkeys and dogs, swinging the vanity bag at the approaching animal shouting "shoo! shoo!" or "choo! choo! "
A woman would feel as if she was naked if she didn't have her vanity bag in the studio-snapped snaps.