Monday, January 05, 2009

Amelia Earhart Luggage

Amelia Earhart luggage 1949After Amelia Earhart made her famous trans-Atlantic flight, she became an American celebrity. Of course with celebrity comes product endorsements. Book publisher and publicist, George Putnam, who was one of the project coordinators for the famous flight, arranged for Earhart to go on a lecture tour, and then promoted her image in multiple product endorsements, including the luggage line.

Earhart was actively involved with the products she endorsed. The luggage that bore her stamp was ensured to meet the demands of air travel. The pieces shown here from 1949 were made of molded plywood covered in colorfast cowhide. Sorry, no wheels attached!

11 comments:

Sal said...

We just watched "Darjeeling Limited" and this luggage reminds me SO MUCH of the orange set those guys lugged throughout India. I coveted each and every piece.

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Lugged is right! I can't imagine how heavy this set would be even before adding clothing! With weight restrictions on luggage now, these would never work for today's air travel, but they sure are handsome!

La Belette Rouge said...

LOVE this luggage. I want the luggage from the Darjeeling Limited. Only I need wheels.:-)

Rebecca said...

I actually have a set of this luggage, purchased from an estate sale 20 yrs ago. It has the original owners initials monogrammed on each piece and is in great condition. Apparently the owners were quite the travelers, and they shellacked stickers from their travels artfully on each piece. There are stickers from many states, France, airlines, etc. Its really a cool set. I am interested in finding out the value if anyone has any suggestions as to how to go about that.

Rebecca said...

I actually have a set of this luggage (5 pieces) purchased from an estate sale about 20 yrs ago. It is in great condition and has the owners initials monogrammed on each piece. They were apparently quite the travelers, and artfully shellacked stickers from the places they visited on each piece. Its really well done and its a cool set. I am interested in finding out the value of this set if you have any suggestions as to who to contact.

Casa Pinka said...

I just bought a smallish one in cherry red for $3.99 at Goodwill. It's stamped w/ her name in a metal plate on the top and is in prime condition!

BluebonnetChihuahuas said...

I just acquired an Amilia Earhart, Airlite, Dress or Wardrobe Trunk in very good condition. 57"x 93"x 31". It has rawhide trim and woven canvas over hard side case. I am so excited that is is in such good condition. Inside has wooden hangers, wooden stable bars and straps that have her name woven in. Also compartments for shoes. I’m guessing that is is the largest and most expensive piece of it’s time. From the ads I think it was made in 30's-40's. Anyone interested or know what the value would be on a piece like this?

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

Sounds like a great piece Bluebonnet! Lucky you!

Tina aka forrestina vintage said...

Fantastic ad and info--from the post and all the comments! Just doing some research on luggage today and found this, thanks!

Jon said...

Doesn't the luggage get lost?

Brick City Vintage said...

In the movie with Hilary Swank they go on about her doing many endorsements after her flight. She did tons. I think that's what attracted me to the makeup travel case I have of hers. I love the red, yellow and blue ribbon like design that goes all around it like the famous Gucci style one.

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