Vintage passenger trunk labels

We can all be happy that luggage these days is lightweight and rollable but to my mind most modern cases have one great flaw. In the old days, before affordable air travel, people travelled with trunks, onto which porters would affix identifying stickers. The trunks were made of solid wood and canvas and the stickers would stay firmly attached, so much so that, over the course of a lifetime, as other stickers were slapped on, the trunk or case became a sort of diary of the voyages a person had taken. Flying now is like taking a bus, but when it meant weeks to sail from London to Melbourne or twenty days to fly from Sydney to Paris, the journey was worth commemorating. And if you did it multiple times, the stickers on your suitcase were multiple badges of honour. One of my trunks has seen better days but the stickers on it have clung tenaciously despite the bashing it has received over the years.
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An ode to those grand steamer trunk labels - Los Angeles Times

Now that we are no longer expats, one way that I keep those travel memories alive is by collecting vintage luggage labels. They are easily framed and displayed throughout our house. My husband and I happen to like the vibrant colors and retro-look that some of them have. Luggage labels are from what is considered the golden age of travel, roughly — They are actually stickers used to advertise the hotels. Hotel bellhops and other airline luggage handlers would apply these stickers to passenger trunks and suitcases. The Raffles Hotel in Singapore has numerous vintage luggage labels, for example.
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Document Travels (and Decorate Your House) with Vintage Luggage Labels

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Steamer trunks adorned with promotional stickers and labels reflected the itineraries of exotic locales and cosmopolitan resorts such as the Grand Hotel in Rimini, Italy, and Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo. The labels span the period from the s through the s and reflect the Art Deco and Art Nouveau design styles of the time. More than hotel labels selected from the 3,piece collection amassed by Gaston-Louis Vuitton, world traveler and grandson of Louis Vuitton, are showcased in the book, along with period photographs and pullout vintage postcards. Follow us on Twitter latimestravel. Like us on Facebook.
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