17 November 2009

Luggage Labels 1910 - 1960











These luggage labels are $20 to $70 and I think they'd make great Christmas presents. Grab three or four and frame them. Cheap, creative and very thoughtful. My mantra.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

A good idea. Don't think I've ever come across those particular labels before, neither original nor replica.

I like the idea of a line of animals following a sign to the hotel, with the monkey pointing the way, on the Kenyan label!

-DB

Enzo AGC said...

Great post

Ben said...

Great idea. Where would one find these?

I love the cartoon shorthand of the character appearing out of nowhere carrying a suitcase covered with these, denoting extensive world travel. When accompanied by a cloud of dust and the sounds of cartoon velocity, it is quite comical and effective.

tintin said...

Ben- I'll give you a couple hours head start:

http://www.internationalposter.com/search-results.aspx?keywords=luggage%20label

Be careful about Enzo and DB. So far you're the only three that know I found it.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

Excellent idea. I wish they still made these sorts of things. It might make travel a bit more exotic. I guess this is what the designer mix CD at the hotel desk does now.

M.Lane said...

I love luggage lables. I always wanted to put one from Shepherds' in Cairo on my bag. Even if the hotel is long gone...

Great post.

ML
mlanesepic.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Remember, there are no stupid questions @ the trad.....
what was the purpose of these labels.


isn't it amazing what was once a freebie like...well those airport baggage tickets.. now costs 20.00 and , despite all the advantages of cheaper distribution of printed materials...there's nothing like that in travel today, what.

Cathleen said...

I like these.

Just googled up The Imperial Hotel in Tokyo and, yes, it has a fab tag circa 1930.

I would frame these.

Alice Olive said...

I love these! Thanks for the idea!

tintin said...

I have read that with the increase in computer generated docs, the future market in ephemera will focus on what we use for paper and throw away. Handwritten letters on archival acid free paper written in 2009 will be collectable in 50 years. Not as much as needle point belts but you get the idea.

Pigtown-Design said...

i like the trossachs hotel one. spent a great few days driving that area of scotland.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the label blog, Trad.

What purpose did the labels serve?

Advertising?

Vanity play for the well traveled?