Unlike some of the other topics we’ve covered in the “brief history of…” series, the modern handbag comes from extremely ambiguous origins. Humans have been using bags and pouches to carry items since long before the written word was invented, and they’ve sprung up in similar fashions all around the world.
Nowadays, we schedule everything right down to the very minute. Your job interview? That’s at 10:30—not 10:25, and definitely not 10:40. The kids’ first day at school? You’re going to need to get them there right for 8:15; 8:20 is too late. But what about a time without time?