The Shopping Bag: Portable Graphic Art

On View: 
Saturday, December 9, 1978 to Saturday, January 27, 1979

The bandboxes and shopping bags on display from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum's permanent collection reflect the development of consumer culture. Bandboxes of the 19th century, carry-alls without handles, were precursors to the shopping bags of today. The emergence of the shopping bag in the 20th century balanced the practical concerns of the consumer, the need to carry portable purchases, with the marketing interests of the store, which used the bag as a portable billboard.