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Collecting vintage luggage labels

Luggage labels are long gone. However they used to be a small but eye-catching part of the so-called golden age of travel from approximately 1900 to the mid-1960s. We are primarily talking about hotel luggage labels as hotels, particularly the ‘Grand Hotels‘, led the development of these small labels. Hotel chains and many of the world’s most notable hotels produced luggage labels that were slapped onto the suitcases of travellers. Free advertising. Surviving examples are scarce – once a label was applied to a suitcase with a strong gum it was not coming off – but we have found some beautiful labels worthy of any suitcase.

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