The purse was found “frozen in time” at a school in Texas.
In a world where the average teenager does not know what life was like before smartphones and social media took over, stories like these are always going to stand out.
There are some similarities that we share with decades past but things have changed a lot. The differences are incredible to look at, especially once you really stop to think about it.
According to the Houston Chronicle, a purse from the 1950s was found, providing a glimpse into the lifestyles of teenage girls at the end. The handbag dates back to 1959. It was discovered underneath League City School. This old Texas school building is in the process of being torn down so that a new community center can be built and the purse was perfectly preserved.
There are all sorts of personal items that showcase the ins and outs of the owner’s life. There is a diary, a comb, a nail file, and a mini calendar. The notes stopped being added in August of 1959 and it is safe to presume that is the day that the purse was lost. Small handkerchiefs, photographs, and pencils were also found. The pictures depict some of her crushes, as well as her family.
A handwritten note inside the bag revealed that the owner is a woman named Beverly Williams. City officials and Clear Creek ISD did what they needed to do to locate her, going through yearbooks until they found her picture. While this discovery is not a major one in the grand scheme of things, it offers an interesting window into her day to day.
Beverly passed away in 2016 but her mother was taken aback by the discovery. According to a tweet by Clear Creek ISD, the purse was reunited with 3 of her daughters!
After our story about a purse lost inside the walls of the old League City School building in 1959, a nationwide search for Beverly Williams began. This week, the purse was reunited with 3 of her daughters! The family says the purse will be donated to the LC Historical Society. pic.twitter.com/gEMyEiN0nF
— Clear Creek ISD (@ClearCreekISD) October 13, 2022
She may not have had a smartphone or social media but we suspect that most teenage girls in the present day would not be too surprised by what was found. Things have not changed that much. We just tend to look at our crushes on Instagram instead!