You probably haven’t heard much about WWII souvenir wallets, nor have you heard much about North No Name, but no judgment because neither had we!
Tokyo-based North No Name specializes in vintage reproduction and they chose to focus on an often neglected niche in the vintage world: souvenir wallets. These wallets, like the better-known souvenir jackets, would have been picked up by American servicemen stationed abroad. These hand-painted artisan crafts were never in wide distribution and consequently are extremely rare today.
If you’ve ever been interested, now’s your chance. The reproduction versions are much nicer than anything sold abroad would have been in the 1940s. The trucker-style wallets are made from horsehide and even have a zip pocket and an eyelet for a chain. There’s plenty of space inside the wallet and they’ve even thrown in a repro comic card, replete with an offensive period-accurate racial stereotype caricature.
Available for $550 at Standard & Strange