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A short history of the wallet

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A wallet is an item that each of us uses   every day . We carry in it not only   cash , 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?

In ancient

The history of this small but very useful item should begin with explaining where it got its name, or rather the name   purses , 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 from French   and was created from the combination of two words: "porter", meaning "to carry" and "monnaie" - "coin".

The subject of the wallet has its origins, like most inventions, of course in   antiquity , namely in ancient Greece. Back then, however, he resembled him   purse   or small   a purse in which the poor, or rather the poor, carried their belongings, even food.

Around the 7th century BC, when they appeared in Greece   coins , and a container for them constituted   pouches that 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 form similar to what we know it today, first appeared around the 17th century, right after the appearance of paper 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 their function and were not suitable for storing banknotes.

The first models were made of cowhide or horse leather to best protect the money stored in them, which was initially not made of durable materials.

 

 

 

 

Usually, the wallets at that time contained only one compartment and an additional pocket in 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 the nineteenth century   wallets 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 a belt . Over time, wallets, in addition to a pocket for money in the form of paper, also gained   storage pocket   coins .

With the introduction of payment cards   and 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 more   compartments , and the wallets themselves were getting smaller and smaller so that they could fit in a pocket   trousers or jackets.

If you visit our online store   you will see how diverse modern wallets, both for men and women, can be found.

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