A wallet is an item that each of us usesevery day. We carry in it not onlycash, but also payment cards, documents and photos of our loved ones. It turns out that the history of this item is longer than it may seem. Where did the wallet come from in the form we know it today?
The history of this small but very useful item should begin with explaining where it got its name, or rather the namepurses, the women's version of the wallet, because it was the first to appear in Polish.
The word "purse" for the Polish language was taken fromFrenchand was created from the combination of two words: "porter", meaning "to carry" and "monnaie" - "coin".
The subject of thewallet hasits origins, like most inventions, of course inantiquity, namely in ancient Greece. Back then, however, he resembled himpurseor smalla pursein which the poor, or rather the poor, carried their belongings, even food.
Around the 7th century BC, when they appeared in Greececoins, and a container for them constitutedpouchesthat came in various shapes and sizes and were made of various materials. It was from there that they began their journey around the world, to change over time and take the form of a modern wallet.
In the Renaissance
The immediate ancestor of the wallet, in a formsimilarto what we know it today, first appeared around the 17th century, right after the appearance ofpaper currency. The new form of money required the creation of an object in the appropriate form and shape, because the pouches and pouches ceased to fulfill theirfunctionand were not suitable for storing banknotes.
The first models were made ofcowhideorhorseleather to best protect the money stored in them, which was initially not made of durable materials.
Usually, the wallets at that time contained only onecompartmentand an additionalpocketin which the owner could put his business card so that in the event of loss, it was known who the lost belonged to.
Closer to the present day
In fact, back in thenineteenth centurywallets weren't just for keeping money. Often, especially when traveling, they used to hide, for example, dried meat. Wallets were also not worn for a long time in pockets, but on the outside, attached to abelt. Over time, wallets, in addition to a pocket for money in the form of paper, also gainedstoragepocketcoins.
With the introduction ofpayment cardsand electronic cash, wallets had to change their form a bit. In the 1950s, after the first credit cards were introduced, they began to be divided into more and morecompartments, and the wallets themselves were getting smaller and smaller so that they could fit in apockettrousers or jackets.
If you visitour online storeyou will see how diverse modern wallets, both for men and women, can be found.