She always goes high-hat when she carries Oshkosh!
Don’t blame this poor camel for “putting on airs”… Oshkosh luggage seems to have that effect on man or beast.
I first saw this little video (sales pitch) back in the fall and I’ve felt the need for this book ever since. I finally treated myself to it last week, and I’ve had a hard time breaking away from it long enough to get other tasks accomplished. As the video points out, this is a production of Louis Vuitton and most of the trunks pictured are in the Louis Vuitton historical trunks collection. The book combines modern photos with historical documents and photos to create a story for each of the 100 trunks chosen for the project.
It’s not just pretty pictures, though I’ll admit the photos are very pretty and very “want” inducing. The best part is how the narrative tells about the famous owner of each trunk, where he or she took it, and the significance of the piece in the owner’s life and travels. Included are trunks belonging to designers Paul Poiret and Jeanne Lanvin, Hemingway’s library trunk, and the rounded trunk of the Empress Eugenie. It’s truly fascinating reading.
On the down side, this book is big, bulky and heavy, which makes curling up with it in a cozy chair a bit crowded. It is also expensive, but not necessarily over-priced. A book of this magnitude is by nature costly. So I can recommend this only for those of you who are truly vintage travel obsessed!
Some more views:
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.
Before flying became so commonplace, it must have been quite a status symbol to have an airline bag, suggesting you were part of the ‘jet set’!
And I’m immensely flattered to see my BOAC bag in such wonderful company!
It’s not that I can’t think of lots of lovely places to visit, it’s just that with the price of gasoline and the related problems, it’s just hard to justify so much travel. I live in a small town and I walk whenever I can. If I’m just headed to the post office or to my little studio, I walk. And I’m passed by a lot of cars. A LOT.
I read somewhere that “they” say that gas will have to get to $5 a gallon before Americans change their driving habits. At $4.55, I can’t see any change at all. I know that so much of the traffic is unnecessary, but part of it is the result of what has happened to our commerce centers, otherwise known as downtowns. Most of the small to medium-sized towns that I visit are all but dried up. All the shopping and business places are outside of town, and one HAS to drive to get to them. People really have no choice but to drive in order to conduct almost any kind of business.
My little town is not much more than a village, with really just one square block of downtown. But in that block, there is a lot of potential. There are almost 20 storefronts. Unfortunately, these are not the necessary types of business that bring in shoppers. There are three “beauty shops” but no barber. There are two places to buy flower arrangements, but nowhere to buy a pair of socks. We have two convienience stores with groceries, but they are across a busy 4 lane highway. And I won’t even get started on the lack of sidewalks.
Seems to me that part of the solution to the gas crunch is to reduce our usage by walking. My mother would tell about how she and my father were living in Asheville in the early 1950s without a car. He walked or took the bus to work, and she was able to do all her business by walking. Today, it would be very hard to live in most American cities or towns without access to a car. Ironically, Asheville is one of them. The downside to that fact is that it is very expensive to live there, as the available housing is very upscale. But it is a promising start.
So, I’ll continue to walk when I can, combine trips, and cut it to the bare essentials. And with the money I’ll save, maybe I’ll plan a trip on Air France!