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I spent more than a few hours last week attempting to remove a rectangle mirror from an Enid Collins box bag. I used a variety of not so non-toxic mediums, pryed the wood sides from the lids, and with utmost patience finally cracked the mirror. Under the circumstances, I decided to write everything I know about Enid Collins box bag mirrors.
Enid Collins box bag mirrors often become aged, broken, or completely missing. As simple as it may seem, replacing these mirrors is no easy feat. First, these mirrors come in three custom sizes - two rectangles and a circle. Second, the majority (if not all) of the mirrors are made from 1/16" thick glass mirror, which US glass suppliers simply no longer carry.
I've searched intermittently for several years now for 1/16" glass mirror and have found only the thicker and heavier 1/8" glass mirror. It's not uncommon to find 1/8" glass mirror replacements on Enid Collins box bags.
Last week, I went online and called a few more U.S. glass suppliers and they said they can not get 1/16" glass mirror. The promising news is I found out about a 1/16" thick acrylic mirror. I called a small family-run company, ZLazr, in Houston, Texas, whose rep said the process of making an acrylic mirror is identical to that of a glass mirror, just on acrylic. So I ordered a 3 1/2" round sample. And I'm waiting to see it for myself. I am also thinking about how replacing the glass mirrors with the acrylic mirrors effects the vintage-ness of the purse.
In the meantime, I read about ZLazr and its founder and president Frankie Zamarron. Mr. Zamarron started the business five years ago when he was nine years old. At 14, he states, "We are based here in the USA, we make everything here in the USA, our wood is bought in the USA, we were all born and raised in the USA and we are an American success story!"
So Enid Collins.
I'm not a blogger, and, in fact, am a bit shy in doing it. But, I want to share what I'm learning about the creative spirit of Enid (Roessler) Collins (1918-1990) through her box bags (1959-1970). I've been collecting, restoring, photographing, and researching her box bags for about five years. I've been selling the "refreshed" box bags on Etsy and helping others match missing jewels on their box and canvas purses on eBay. Have to say I'm not very savvy in the way of social media, web design, and organization so finding a process for finding ENID with LOVE is taking awhile!
So on July 3, 2016 - my 53rd birthday - I decided to simply post a photo a day of one of my Enid Collins box bags on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. In three weeks, the process is peaking my curiosity about her designs and how they tie into the world in which she lived - 1960s popular culture, Texas, and of course, her own passions and interests. But, even more importantly, it's a first step in learning about Enid Collins from the friends, family, admirers, and collectors who knew her best!
I hope you enjoy these posts and they inspire you to share your memories, stories and knowledge about Enid Collins of Texas!