The year is 1951, and if I’m counting correctly, this fashionable woman is getting ready to put her 6 suitcases in the trunk of that ’51 Packard. And by the looks of it, there is room and to spare. I’m not sure when the idea of packing light came into vogue, but it wasn’t something this lady would have ever considered.
So I was a bit taken aback when I found a sweet little 1950s suitcase called a “Shortrip.” I’m the Queen of Light Packers, and even I couldn’t do an overnighter in a 10″ X 12″ case. My husband and I take vintage luggage on road trips, and he keeps bugging me to take the Shortrip, but it hasn’t happened yet.
It has occurred to me that this HAS to be a man’s bag, so maybe Tim would like to put a change of underwear and a clean pair of socks in it the next time we hit the road. He may even have space for his toothbrush and a trial size toothpaste. But I doubt he will, and my little Shortrip will remain a virgin bag. That’s right – never been used, and clean as a whistle. And bound to stay that way.
Posted by Dr. Joseph Portland:
That’s a vintage suitcase you got there. Bet it has a very high value now.
Tuesday, January 20th 2009 @ 6:50 AM
Posted by Jan:
It reminds me of the little bag Grace Kelly pulls her nightgown and slippers out of in Rear Window. Lovely, but yes, not very practical 🙂
Wednesday, November 17th 2010 @ 11:51 AM
Posted by KeLLy Ann:
I audibly sighed! What a lovely piece that is…I have the train case that my grandmother was given by my grandfather on their honeymoon, but it’s no where as good a shape.
Wednesday, November 17th 2010 @ 5:50 PM
Posted by tom tuttle from tacoma:
love such luggage. i gotta agree with Jan on the practicality.
Thursday, November 18th 2010 @ 12:38 AM
Posted by Lizzie:
Agreed, not very practical, with all the stuff I like to lug around. But I’m thinking it might work for an over-nighter. The big problem is that my flannel pjs take up much more space than Grace’s nightgown!
Thursday, November 18th 2010 @ 6:38 AM
I love this slightly disdainful comment in your post: “I’m not sure when the idea of packing light came into vogue” Me neither!
Thursday, November 18th 2010 @ 8:53 AM
Posted by Jen:
Oh…not practical, now, but just a beautiful thing. Might be good for overnighting at the hospital, but that’s about it!
Sunday, November 21st 2010 @ 11:02 AM