23 March 2004
Cents and sensibility
The original plastic squeeze-to-open coin purse, the Quikoin®, was invented in 1951, but it didn't become truly ubiquitous until the 1960s, when seemingly every girl (and not a few boys) schlepped along one of these ovoid contraptions, branded with some corporate emblem.
Eventually it went the way of all fads, but in the post-ironic 21st century, where "old" is the new "new," the Quikoin® is back. As it was then, so it is now. And if you think this seems a trifle anachronistic in an era when people pay for Tic Tacs with debit cards, you're missing the point.
(Via Dawn Eden, an anachronism in her own right.)