During the course of the 19th century travel became more affordable and more comfortable, and the demand for souvenirs exploded. Travelers loved buying souvenir bags and coin purses with images of famous monuments, cities and other tourist attractions such as an Egyptian pyramid or the Eiffel tower. Bags and coin purses were also made to commemorate historical events. One example is a beaded coin purse showing the image of the first giraffe to arrive in France in 1827.