I’m doing a story set in 1940s Los Angeles, and the unexpected things muse pops up with has been doing some interesting research. One of them is how we traveled then. I’m going to have a trip coming up. I have a nylon bag with recessed wheels. It’s serviceable.
But nothing like what was used in earlier times. My grandparents had one like the Samsonite Silhouette in this article.
I still remember the ones we used when I was growing up. They were large and flat—because suitcases held suits. The outside was hard and sturdy. You could use them as a seat…they were that sturdy.
The case opened up like a book and laid out flat. The lining and pockets were cloth. We folded up our clothes and laid them inside, then fastened a divider over the top that kept the clothes from moving around. The divider was made out of cloth, too.
They lasted forever and made travel feel like an adventure.